GVSD Teacher Receives Minister's Award

kath_p_1_smallIt is with pleasure that we announce that Mrs. Katherine Penner, a grade 3 teacher at J.R. Walkof School, has been selected as a recipient for Manitoba's Celebration of Excellence in Teaching--Minister's Awards 2010-2011.

Mrs. Penner has been chosen to receive the award for Teaching Excellence--Early Years by a Selection Committee composed of representatives from the Manitoba School Boards Association, the Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools, the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, and Manitoba Education. There is only one award in Manitoba presented to an early years teacher.

Recipients of the annual Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Awards were announced by Education Minister Nancy Allan as part of national Education Week, a week-long tribute to outstanding teachers. "Education Week is an appropriate time to recognize Manitoba teachers who are exemplary leaders, innovators and educators," Allan said. "This year's award recipients have earned the recognition of their peers, students and parents for the terrific work they do in promoting a love of learning among their students." Each recipient received a minister's award certificate of recognition and a $500 cash award at the luncheon ceremony. The recipients' schools also received $500 each for projects or equipment. "I applaud the award recipients and the example they continue to set for their students and peers," Allan said. "With the support of the Manitoba School Boards Association, the Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools and the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, this awards program reflects the appreciation of an entire province for the outstanding contributions made by dedicated teachers."

Most of us remember at least one educator who stood out among the many who had an influence on our lives--someone who encouraged, guided and inspired us to do our best. Educators can have a profound influence on student learning and achievement in and outside of the classroom, helping them to achieve their goals and to realize their dreams. The Minister's Teaching Excellence Awards aim to recognize the work of Manitoba’s outstanding educators whose exemplary contributions enhance student learning and achievement.

Mrs. Penner received the award at a special reception held at the Legislative Building on Thursday, April 14, 2011. We would like to congratulate Mrs. Penner on this outstanding achievement. We would also like to thank her for her commitment to her students and school community. Her exemplary contributions to enhancing student learning and achievement are most appreciated.


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