We are very proud to announce that 6 educational staff in LRSD have been recognized by the Province of Manitoba for Manitoba's Excellence in Education Awards.
Since 2006, Manitoba recognizes outstanding educators whose educational practices have a profound impact on student learning and engagement. Teachers are nominated by students, parents or staff from the Division.
Awards are presented in 5 different categories: Teaching Excellence, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Team Collaboration, Outstanding School Leader and the Premier's Award for Excellence in Education.
This year the following teachers from LRSD have all been recognized for their outstanding contributions to education:
Derek Acorn – Awarded the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education
Derek has worked in LRSD for the past 14 years at Écoles Julie-Riel, Marie-Anne-Gaboury and Varennes as a classroom teacher and now teacher-librarian. A graduate of Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, he completed his B.A./B.Ed. at the University of Winnipeg and his Post Bac at the University of Manitoba. He is passionate about literacy, student-directed and project-based learning and hands-on experiences, and works diligently with his colleagues and students to not only engage them in their learning but to empower them to be life-long learners.
Rose Bird – Awarded the Outstanding Team Collaboration Award
Rose Bird has called Nelson McIntyre’s ECHO program home for the last 6 years and, aside from teaching math, science, and the humanities, she is a specialist in Aboriginal Language. Cross-disciplinary education is not new for Rose who regularly infuses what would be traditional English, Social Studies, science, and math courses with Indigenous perspectives and histories. Rose is a key collaborator in LRSD, not only with teachers but also with students on LRSD’s Indigenous Leadership Council. Rose works with both Matt Fabbri and Lindsay Harms continuing to design Nelson Mac’s Project-Based Learning model.
Matthew Fabbri – Awarded the Outstanding Team Collaboration Award
Matt Fabbri joined the Nelson McIntyre ReDesign Team while still a teacher at J.H. Bruns Collegiate. It was there, while teaching English, he curated the school’s in-house film production group, #BroncoFilms, and served as one of the producers and collaborating teacher-advisors during a shift in Bruns’s musical theatre department. He brings perspectives in ELA, theatre performance and design, screenwriting and filmmaking, art direction and design thinking to Nelson McIntyre as part of the Grade 9 Interdisciplinary Team along with Rose Bird and Lindsay Harms where they collaborate with students in a Project-Based Learning model classroom.
Lindsay Harms – Awarded the Outstanding Team Collaboration Award
Lindsay Harms has a history of redesigning classroom models. She has reimagined Nelson Mac’s Co-operative Education classroom into a dynamic learning environment using centre-based learning and initiatives in literacy and incorporating aspects of the Responsive Classroom and Universal Design for Learning. She has also found students’ strengths through differentiation and the Learning-In-Depth model. She now works alongside Rose Bird and Matt Fabbri collaborating on and continuing to build Nelson McIntyre’s Project-Based Learning model.
Ben Albrecht – Nominated for one of the Manitoba’s Excellence in Education Awards
After beginning his teaching career at école Marie-Anne Gaboury, Ben Albrecht found his way to Collège Jeanne-Sauvé where he was also a former student. He is an energetic and positive teacher. He puts in countless hours in the gym as the varsity girls’ volleyball coach. Whether he is dressing up as Jacques Cartier in his History class or putting together line-ups in the AAAA Provincial final, you will find Mr. Albrecht in his element. Meaningful learning happens with Mr. Albrecht as he makes positive and dynamic connections with his students.
Pamela Schoen – Nominated for the Outstanding Team Collaboration Award
Pamela Schoen joined LRSD in 2013-2014 at the Rene Deleurme Center. Collaborating with Steve Lawrie and Adriano Magnifico, Pamela developed a strength-based, high school programming approach labeled “Quest” for students that focuses on and integrates academic, essential workplace skills, and social-emotional learning. In 2016 Pamela and her students transitioned to J.H Bruns Collegiate where she continues innovative, and engaging programming and working with students to achieve required credits and skills for their desired futures.
Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees for making an immense impact on the lives of students and families in LRSD. You are all changing worlds!