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Edwin Parr Nominee for 2018 - Erica Barr - Apr 07,2018

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is proud to announce that Ms. Erica Barr, a first year teacher at Father Leonard Van Tighem (FLVT) School in Lethbridge, has been selected as the Holy Spirit's Edwin Parr nominee for 2018. The Edwin Parr Award recognizes excellence in teachers beginning their professional careers.

"We are so pleased that Erica was selected as the division's Edwin Parr nominee this year," states Deputy Superintendent Brian Macauley.  "She has been an absolute blessing to the division, her school, and, especially, her students.  She has a natural ability of relating to the kids by sharing her own gifts in a way that encourages them to take risks and grow." 

Principal Denise Kobza whole-heartedly agrees, "Students are drawn to Erica because she shows them that she genuinely cares and is interested in what is going on in their lives. She helps build their confidence by encouraging them, using humour and modelling kindness. Erica's theatre background is also evident in her classroom and she uses it to engage her students. Besides being busy directing our Spring Musical Production, Erica can always be counted on to help out around the school."

Erica notes that it is an honour to be nominated for the award. "I am blessed that I get to share my passion of the fine arts and positive learning experiences here at Father Leonard Van Tighem. My administrators believe in the work I do, giving me the support and freedom to create and perform at my best. I will be forever grateful for this nomination and to be recognized in such a way. It is certainly encouraging and has fuelled the fire for me to continue to pursue my dreams of being the best teacher I can be!"

Ms. Barr's selection as an award nominee will be celebrated along with the other nominees from Zone 6 (Livingstone Range, Westwind, Palliser, Lethbridge Public, Horizon, Grasslands, Medicine Hat Public, Medicine Hat Catholic and Prairie Rose) at an Awards Banquet on the evening of May 9, 2018 in Taber. Please join Holy Spirit in extending best wishes to Erica Barr as she proceeds through the award selection process.


For more information about this press release, please contact:

Chris Smeaton, Superintendent of Schools
St. Basil Catholic Education Centre
Phone: (403) 327-9555



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