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Livingstone Range chooses Edwin Parr Award representative

Alana Millard

A Grade 1 teacher in Nanton is Livingstone Range School Division’s nominee for a provincial award for top first-year teacher.
Livingstone Range nominated Alana Millard for the 2019 Edwin Parr Award.
“I feel extremely honoured to be nominated for this award,” said Millard in a news release. “I cannot believe how lucky I am to start my career in such a supportive school, community, and division.”
“Everyone is very receptive to new ideas and collaboration. I hope to continue to learn from them and with them for many years.”
Deputy superintendent Ken Sampson provided trustees with an update on the Edwin Parr Award at their March 13 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.
“We have an extremely talented young lady out of A.B. Daley,” Sampson said.
The Edwin Parr Award honours outstanding first-year teachers in Alberta.
Alberta school boards each nominate a candidate for the award to their Alberta School Boards Association zone committee.
Millard will represent Livingstone Range School Division at the annual Alberta School Boards Association Zone 6 Edwin Parr Teacher Awards banquet in Taber on May 15.
The nominees from each zone receive a gold watch and framed certificate bearing the association’s logo.
Sampson said there were several nominations from Livingstone Range schools.
“After examination it was pretty clear that Alana was our representative for this year,” Sampson said.
A.B. Daley school principal Jolene Becker praised Millard for her leadership and enthusiasm, as well as a passion to make a difference for her students.
Millard and A.B. Daley school assistant principal Alli Martin lead the school council, through which they developed a kindness program.
The program is designed to show children the importance of kindness.
The school council also fosters kindness and volunteering by having students greet people at the door and hand out “kindness” pencils.
“It’s really fun to be able to foster a love of volunteering and kindness in the young people in this building, who will go on to be the leaders of tomorrow,” Millard said.
Millard taught Grade 1 students yoga and had them teach the school’s older students during indoor recess.
“That’s pretty incredible,” Sampson told trustees.
Millard and Grade 1 teacher Jillian Spencer organized a seniors buddy reading program with the seniors’ home in Nanton.
“They read with them on a regular basis,” Sampson said. “It’s a real community connection.”
Millard knew early in life she wanted to be a teacher.
“I realized I wanted to be a teacher in junior high when I got the opportunity to volunteer in a Grade 1 classroom,” Millard said. “I fell in love with working with young students: their enthusiasm for life and learning is contagious. Now I have the privilege to be surrounded by such excitement each and every day.”