Mr. Drew Hoover - Edwin Parr Nomination
Foothills School Division (FSD) is pleased to nominate Mr. Drew Hoover, a Grade 6 teacher at École Senator Riley Middle School, for a 2017 Edwin Parr Teacher Award, an annual award presented by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) recognizing outstanding first-year teachers in each of the six ASBA Zones.
Mr. Hoover recently graduated from the University of Lethbridge with bachelor's degrees in education, majoring in social studies and physical education.
During his first year of teaching, Mr. Hoover has become immersed in the school's extracurricular activities and community events. In addition to planning activities to promote rapport among students and staff he has helped to organize the school's volleyball and basketball teams.
Principal Tracey McKinnon says Mr. Hoover is already showing great promise thanks to his flexible teaching methods and ability to build relationships with students. "What happened over the next month was pure magic. I watched in awe as Mr. Hoover came in, built rapport, earned the students’ respect, and eventually even had them learning math and science.”
Mrs. McKinnon continues, “Drew has made such a positive impact on so many students at Senator Riley in just one year. I cannot imagine the school without him.”
Mr. Allen Davidson, Assistant Superintendent of Employee Services says, “Mr. Hoover always looks for ways to understand his students while engaging them and ensuring their learning needs are met. His willingness to see the best in each student, while challenging them to succeed, is truly a gift.”
FSD's Board and Executive Team congratulate Mr. Hoover on his nomination and wish him success as he moves forward in the competition. The overall winner for the region will be announced at the ASBA Fall General Meeting on November 21, 2017.
About the Award
Edwin Parr, past-president of the Alberta School Trustees' Association from 1956 to 1962, instituted an 'Annual Teacher Award' in his school system. Now presented by the ASBA, formerly the Alberta School Trustees' Association, the Edwin Parr Teacher Award was originally established by the Alberta School Trustees' Association in 1964 as a way in which Mr. Parr's memory might be perpetuated and to honour the profession he so dearly respected.
Each year, the ASBA honours six outstanding first-year teachers with Edwin Parr Awards, representing each ASBA zone. School Boards are restricted to nominating a single candidate for the award. Awards will be presented to the winners at individual zone functions prior to the ASBA Fall General Meeting. For more information, visit http://www.asba.ab.ca/about-asba/forms/awards.