WMES Kendra Selk nominated for Edwin Parr Award
West Meadow Teacher Kendra Selk Nominated for 2018 Edwin Parr Award
Livingstone Range School Division and West Meadow Elementary School are pleased to announce that Ms. Kendra Selk, a physical education and health teacher at WMES, has been nominated for the Edwin Parr Award for outstanding first-year teachers. Kendra will represent Livingstone Range as a candidate for one of six awards granted in the province of Alberta.
Kendra is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge and J.T. Foster School in Nanton. She loved going to school and chose the teaching profession to help students enjoy it as much as she did, by forming positive relationships, making her classes as engaging as possible and celebrating “little wins” every day.
At West Meadow, Kendra teaches grades one to six physical education and grade four health, which she believes is a perfect fit with her passion for living a healthy, active lifestyle. She learns a lot from her students, and likes to give them opportunities to make up their own move, course or challenge, which she says provides many new ideas and allows students to learn from each other as well.
Kendra’s favourite part of teaching is watching a student who doesn’t give up when they’re having a difficult time learning a new skill.
“Then when it clicks, and the student gets it, they are so happy and they want to show everyone,” says Kendra. “We constantly use the phrase ‘keep on trying’ in my class to remind students that the only way to get better is to not give up.”
West Meadow Principal Curtis Uyesugi feels the school is lucky to have Kendra as part of their staff.
“Her strength is in the relationships she has developed with staff and students, and her passion for health and fitness comes through in everything she does,” says Curtis. “As a student in our school, you can’t help but get caught up in the whirlwind of excitement. Her creativity and enthusiasm make everything exciting and fun for everyone, staff included. Most days, you can find her putting in extra time engaging students in some extra-curricular activity.”
Kendra is very excited to be nominated for the Edwin Parr award.
“I love my job and being recognized by the school division for doing well in my first year makes me eager to continue to grow and build my phys. ed. program,” she says.
Each year the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) honours six outstanding first-year teachers with the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. School boards may nominate any first-year K to 12 teacher who has taught in an Alberta school jurisdiction that is a member of the ASBA.