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James Fuller receives the Edwin Parr Award

F.P. Walshe school teacher James Fuller is one of six recipients of the Alberta School Board Association's Edwin Parr Award, presented six top first-year teachers in Alberta.

James Fuller is one of the top six first-year teachers in Alberta.
Fuller was named Wednesday as the Edwin Parr Award recipient for the south zone of the Alberta School Boards Association.
Fuller was quick to share the credit Thursday during an assembly at F.P. Walshe school.
“If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be here,” Fuller told the F.P. Walshe students gathered in the school gymnasium. “I wouldn’t have the passion that I do.”
Fuller, 25 received the award at a banquet at Taber hosted by Zone 6 Palliser Region of the Alberta School Boards Association.
On Thursday principal Robert Rodgers told the students about the Edwin Parr Award, named for a 1920’s Athabasca area homesteader who was a long-time school board trustee.
“What’s really exciting about Edwin Parr is he was a real supporter of beginning teachers,” Rodgers told the students.
F.P. Walshe school nominated Fuller for consideration by Livingstone Range School Board.
“Each school can nominate a teacher they think is outstanding,” Rodgers said.
Livingstone Range trustees picked Fuller from nominees from across the school division and forwarded it for consideration at the zone level.
Rodgers told the students teachers from about 200 schools in the zone were eligible for the Edwin Parr Award.
Fuller downplayed his role in receiving the award.
“You’re the reason I do this,” Fuller told the students.
Fuller said his philosophy, which he hopes students will embrace, is to consider education as a way of life.
Fuller was a student teacher last year at F.P. Walshe school and did so well, administration hired him last fall to teach full-time.
Fuller teaches Social Studies 20, Sociology 30, and Career and Technology Studies (CTS) 10-12 at F.P. Walshe.
Fuller was praised in the nomination first submitted to Livingstone Range School Board for his “dynamic” classroom and innovative teaching methods.
Fuller graduated from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in 2003 and attended a semester at Capernwray Bible College in New Zealand for a semester.
Fuller attended the University of Lethbridge graduating in the summer of 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. His major is Social Studies.
Fuller has his career in front of him, and will continue to inspire his students to live successful and rewarding lives.
“The best part of our job is to know we maybe had a little influence,” Fuller said.

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