Megan Ledieu nominated for Edwin Parr Teacher Award

Edwin Parr Award nominee Megan LedieuEdwin Parr Award nominee Megan Ledieu

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce Ms. Megan Ledieu as its nominee for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award, presented annually by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) to six outstanding first-year teachers from across the province.

Ms. Ledieu currently teaches Food Studies and senior high English at Edwin Parr Composite (EPC) School in Athabasca.

“Ms. Ledieu is a worthy candidate to be nominated for the Edwin Parr Award,” EPC assistant principal Brenna Liddell commented. “Her hard work, commitment to doing what is right for students, and her ability to lead by example are all traits that firmly place her in the category of an excellent first-year teacher. She always puts the needs and best interests of students first, which shows in her classroom management style. She works to get to know students on an individual level, demonstrating kindness, patience and compassion to those she teaches.”

Mrs. Liddell noted that one of Ms. Ledieu’s first tasks was leading the cooking and meal preparation at EPC’s week-long Land-Based Learning experience in September 2018. “It is no small feat cooking three meals per day plus snacks for over 100 people, yet Ms. Ledieu did so with a smile on her face and a positive, can-do attitude.”

Ms. Ledieu is extensively involved in extra-curricular activities at EPC. She has been a staff representative with the Senior Cheer Team, overseeing practices and volunteering her time to chaperone the team to many weekend competitions, including the World Championships in Orlando, Florida. She also collaborates with groups of teachers to organize the EPC yearbook, and facilitate EPC’s hosting of the Senior Girls Basketball Provincials in March 2019.

“Ms. Ledieu has demonstrated in the Foods classroom that she is able to excite students about the cooking process,” Mrs. Liddell added. She does this through ‘mystery ingredient’ challenges, inviting guest judges, and engaging her classes to help cook for staff at parent-teacher interview nights.

“Ms. Ledieu values hard work and academic excellence,” Mrs. Liddell continued. “She has been working collaboratively with members of our high school English department to improve our assessment practices, and ensure that students are prepared, starting in Grade 10, for the rigors of the Grade 12 diploma exam.

“Many students cite that ‘Ms. Ledieu is my favourite teacher,’” Mrs. Liddell concluded, “and it is not hard to understand why.”

The Edwin Parr Teacher Award was established in 1964 to honour long-time Athabasca-area school trustee Edwin Parr, who also served as president of the Alberta School Trustees’ Association (now the ASBA) from 1956 until his passing in 1962. Edwin Parr Composite School is also named in his honour.

The Edwin Parr Teacher Awards will be presented at the ASBA Fall General meeting in November.