Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce Annika Jacobsson has been named HFCRD’s 2019 Edwin Parr Award Nominee. Jacobsson was chosen by a selection committee made up of HFCRD Trustees after being nominated by Good Shepherd School Principal Tina McDonald. Jacobsson, a first year teacher at Good Shepherd School, has provided a dynamic learning environment in her grade 4 class.
“Annika has an excellent grasp on student learning styles. She regularly includes visual, auditory, tactile, and physical teaching strategies that allow her to adapt to the variety of learning styles in her classroom,” said Good Shepherd School Principal Tina McDonald. “Annika prioritizes her relationships with students and their families, and understands that her students’ success improves significantly as a result of these positive relationships.”
Jacobsson, who is originally from Fairview, Alberta, graduated from Kings University in 2018 earning her Bachelor of Education specializing in Elementary Education. Jacobsson also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology prior to earning her education degree. She says she loves Good Shepherd School and feels very welcome there. She loves teaching because it’s different every day, and she gets to see the kids grow throughout the year. Jacobsson is also very involved in her community by volunteering as a coach for the Jr/Sr High badminton team, getting involved with the Track and Field program, and by participating actively in her Parish.
Two talented first-year teachers were nominated for this award, and the selection committee’s decision was very difficult. The selection committee would like to recognize Marissa Veitch of St. Andrew’s School, who was also nominated for the award, and is a fantastic Teacher with a very bright future.
Every year, an outstanding first-year Teacher is recognized by the HFCRD Board of Trustees with an Edwin Parr Award Nomination. All nominees in Zone 1 are recognized at a Fall banquet where the Zone 1 Nominee is announced by the selection committee. The Zone 1 Nominee then goes to the provincial level where they are presented one of the six provincial awards. Good luck to Annika!