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Bluffton School teacher, Ty Wagar receives ABSA Zone 4 Edwin Parr Award

Central Alberta’s school board trustees have honored seven first year teachers for their outstanding contributions to education. Also, Ty Wagar, a first year teacher in Wolf Creek Public Schools, was celebrated as the winning nominee and recipient of Zone 4’s Edwin Parr Award, for the 2020-2021
school year.

“I could not be more honoured to receive this award on behalf of Zone 4,” says Ty Wagar who teaches at Bluffton School.

“The nominees from all over our zone are superb teachers, and I feel extremely proud to be recognized within such a dedicated, caring group. The support from Wolf Creek Public Schools, the Board of Trustees, Alda Lovell, Terry Hoganson, my family, and all the staff, students and community at Bluffton School has blown me away. I feel so thankful to work in such an amazing school division with outstanding mentors that have helped all of us teachers grow exponentially in our first year. I can not wait to continue teaching in Wolf Creek Public Schools and to keep making a difference in the lives of our next generation.”

“Ty is an outstanding, yet humble first-year educator, who captures the essence of Edwin Parr and his belief that a teacher should strive to go above and beyond bringing positive influence to the community,” says Alda Lovell, Director of People Services at Wolf Creek Public Schools. “Mr. Wagar is a gifted teacher and strong role model for young people. His enthusiasm for both his students and their learning will greatly benefit generations of students.”

“Trustees in Central Alberta are so impressed with our exceptional first year teachers,” says Laurette Woodward, ASBA Zone 4 Chair and Red Deer Public Schools Vice-Chair. “In a difficult year with unusual challenges, these teachers showed incredible dedication. Their skill, and especially the relationships they’ve built are impressive. Their commitment and passion makes us excited about the future of education, and for the students who will have the privilege of learning from these teachers.”

The seven nominees for the Edwin ASBA Zone 4 for the 2020-21 school year include:

Alexyn Nycholat, Forestburg School, Battle River School Division

Meaghan Halkyard, Hugh Sutherland School, Chinook’s Edge School Division

Christine Roland, Byemoor, Clearview Public Schools

Meghan Huizing, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Rhana Dad Mohammad, Lindsay Thurber Composite High School, Red Deer Public Schools

Jadeyn Leenstra, Caroline School, Wild Rose School Division

Ty Wagar, Bluffton School, Wolf Creek Public Schools

“Our sincerest and warmest congratulations goes out to Mr. Wagar and to all of the ASBA Zone 4 Edwin Parr nominees”, says Woodward.

“We wish each of the nominees all the best in their future careers, and thank them for making an incredible difference in the lives of our students. Also, thank you to administration and mentors for assisting first year teachers in their transition to the profession. We really appreciate your commitment to students and to public education in Alberta.”



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