Edwin Parr Award Nomination
Foothills School Division congratulates Natalie Kuca as the recipient of Foothills School Division’s Edwin Parr Award 2018/19 nomination! With this nomination Natalie will now represent the Division at the zone level.
Natalie is among many exceptional new to the profession teachers who are demonstrating exemplary beginning practice in the areas of positive relationships, instructional strategies, student assessment and evaluation, knowledge of diverse learning styles, and the ability to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Natalie shared with the interview panel that her passion for education began at an early age, carried forward into pursuit of her Bachelor of Science and her Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary in 2018. In eighth grade she decided to pursue a career in paleontology instead of her first passion, illustration and animation. She received her B.Sc. in paleontology in 2004 and performed research, excavations, and preparation of fossils until 2014.
Natalie believes that post-secondary education is a passport to new adventures and not a vehicle. She is driven by her love of learning and her care for children. Education is her passion and she is inspired by her students every day.
This school year Natalie is learning and working collaboratively with her colleagues at Westmount School to deepen and expand pedagogical practices. Natalie further shared evidence of the strong relationships she is forming with all students and her understanding that each student needs someone to be their advocate. This is reflected in the multiple curricular opportunities she has become a part of including helping to coach triple ball, running science tutorials after school, weekly author and illustrators club where students grade 6 to 9 learn to write compelling fiction and collaborate with artistic students who design illustrations.
The Edwin Parr Teacher Award is presented to six outstanding first-year teachers across the province of Alberta. Mr. Edwin Parr was a school board Trustee and president of the Alberta School Trustees Association from 1956 – 1962. To honour his legacy, ASBA established this award in his name in 1964.