Clearview selects its Edwin Parr Award nominee

Clearview selects its Edwin Parr Award nominee
Posted on 03/02/2022

Clearview’s School Board has selected an Edwin Parr Award nominee. Trustees have chosen Morgan VanDusen, a math and physical education teacher at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus, to represent Clearview Public Schools.
The Edwin Parr Award recognizes outstanding work by first-year teachers in Alberta and is presented by the Alberta School Boards’ Association. Clearview has the opportunity to nominate one candidate each year. 

Clearview’s Board of Trustees is honored to congratulate Morgan VanDusen on being chosen as Clearview's Edwin Parr Award recipient,” says Guy Neitz, Clearview’s Board Chair. “Morgan's talent and love of helping young minds understand and relate to mathematical concepts is essential and inspiring.  Morgan's professionalism has earned her the trust and responsibility of preparing Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary students for the 30-1 math diploma.  We look forward to her future growth and success with Clearview.”

“We are so pleased for Morgan,” says Brenda MacDonald, Superintendent Clearview Public Schools. “She has started her teaching career so admirably, and that is with passion, dedication and a focus on students. We are all very impressed with Morgan and her ability to make a difference.” 

“I was absolutely thrilled when I found out I was the Edwin Parr nominee for Clearview! It is an honour to be recognized for such a long-standing award, and I couldn’t wait to share the news with my students as they have been there with me every step of the way,” says Morgan VanDusen, Clearview Edwin Parr nominee and teacher at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus.
VanDusen says, “What I love most about my job is the students, which is not cliché after you experience how wonderful it feels to be appreciated day in and day out by them, and to have those strong relationships where I look forward to seeing them each day!” She says, “I have loved teaching senior-level math, particularly math 30-1, as I get the chance to be part of and help students as they begin to choose what their futures outside of high school will look like. Senior-level math is definitely my niche, and I hope to be able to continue teaching in this area.”

The Board met VanDusen and the other nominees at its February 23, 2022 meeting. Also, trustees heard from school principals about each candidate. 

Myranda Shepherd, Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus Principal, says VanDusen is impressive in her “calmness, expertise and confidence that is far beyond that of a first year teacher.”  Shepherd says, “I think that Morgan strikes the balance of coming into a new profession and being confident in her philosophy and beliefs, but also knowing that there is a pool of wisdom to draw from from her colleagues and she is eager to learn from those around her.”

Shepherd told the Board that she was impressed with VanDusen’s ability to form strong relationships with staff and also with her students. Shepherd says, “relationships are the core of all we do. Therefore it is a priority when hiring for new staff. Relationships are what connect students to their learning - relationships build school culture and community. We are fortunate to have hired well with Ms. VanDusen.”

VanDusen is a Wm. E. Hay alumni. She hopes to continue teaching in Clearview and especially at Wm. E. Hay. VanDusen says, “There are so many individuals who have helped me to get to this point in my life, and I would love to thank them all. However, the one person that I do need to mention and thank is my mom, Cheryl VanDusen. She has been my biggest role model and supporter throughout my university years and this first year of teaching. Her teaching practices are what I try to emulate in my classroom.”  

VanDusen’s nomination from Clearview will now be considered with seven other teachers from Central Alberta school divisions, in the Alberta School Boards’ Association’s Zone 4 this spring. The winning nominee from Zone 4 will be celebrated with a handful of other exceptional first year teachers in the fall at a provincial event.