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PRSD8 Edwin Parr Nominee

Schuler, AB - The first year can be a challenge for any new teacher, but to be a new teacher in a small school can be even more challenging.  Multi-grading is common as classes are often combined and taught by division, and teachers can be required to teach everything from Language Arts to CTF, Science and Math.  Moving between multiple grades and subjects can test even the most veteran teachers. 

Alisha Sims, a first year teacher at Schuler School, has embraced those challenges and proven herself to be a very versatile, flexible, team player who is invested in collaboration.  Sims was recently named the Prairie Rose School Division Edwin Parr nominee.  The Edwin Parr nomination goes to a first year teacher who demonstrates excellence, ingenuity and passion for their profession.

“This is such a great privilege”, says Sims.  “Teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t get a chance to pursue right out of high school.  It wasn’t until I was settled in life and much older that I finally had the opportunity to become a teacher.  Every day is different and every day is exciting.  Students can change even your best plans.”

During her first year at Schuler School Sims has organized a school-wide novel project, volunteered to lead a ‘can’ design building project that will also lead into a school-wide donation to the food bank, and stayed in the community after hours to support community initiated events.  In addition, she has brought new and interesting learning opportunities into her classroom.  One example is the incorporation of social media to share student projects and promote successes.

“Alisha brings so much excitement and great ideas to her classroom and Schuler School,” says Schuler principal Jason Duchscherer who put forward Sims’ nomination.  “We are very fortunate to have someone so committed to our students, our school and the Schuler community.”

“Ms. Sims is an excellent candidate to represent Prairie Rose for the 2017 Edwin Parr award,” says Prairie Rose School Division Board Chair Stuart Angle.  “She has done so many extraordinary things with her students and parents.  It is wonderful to see someone pursue a career passion as an older student and excel at it.  Alisha’s passion for teaching is obvious and contagious.”

“I have such a great school,” says Sims. “I’m so honoured to be there.  I always thought I’d work in a city school – but I know this is a perfect fit for me.  Great kids and small class size, kids who are willing to take risks with you, and having staff that are open to my ideas.”

The Prairie Rose Board congratulates Alisha Sims on her nomination and wishes her success at the Zone 6 competition. The overall winner for the region will be announced at the ASBA Zone 6 Awards Banquet on May 10, 2017.