Peace River High School Educator Selected as PRSD's 2013 Edwin Parr Teacher Award Nominee

Peace River High School Educator Selected as PRSD's 2013 Edwin Parr Teacher Award Nominee

Peace River School Division (PRSD) is pleased to announce that Jessica Stevenson, Peace River High School (PRHS) teacher, has been selected as PRSD’s 2013 Edwin Parr Teacher Award Nominee. The Edwin Parr Teacher Award recognizes first year teachers that demonstrate exemplary dedication and commitment in the field of Education. 

“I feel humbled and honored to be nominated for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award” says Jessica. “I am grateful for the support of my family, colleagues, students, parents and community members and I share this award with them.”

Jessica’s teaching assignments include grade nine English Language Arts (ELA), ELA Foundations, English 10-2, Information Processing, Drama 10, 20 and 30 and Calm 20.  Jessica coached junior girls volleyball, assisted with the Peace River Cheer Squad and is a part of the school based professional development committee.

“Jessica is a great contributor to Peace River High School. She puts extra effort into everything she does” says Mark Owens, PRHS Principal. “She has a way with students, a caring perseverance that helps them to be successful and see potential they have within themselves. In a short period of time, Jessica has become one of our veteran English teachers and whenever she sees a need, she steps up and volunteers.”

When asked what she enjoys most about being a teacher, Jessica says the reward comes with the relationships with students. “I love getting to know the students. Every day I get to laugh with them, witness their creativity and see them learn and overcome obstacles. They are very inspiring and they make coming to work fun.”
Jessica is no stranger to the division having been a PRSD student from kindergarten to grade twelve, graduating from Worsley Central School. After graduation, Jessica attended post-secondary studies at the University of Alberta and received her Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) and her Bachelor of Education.  Jessica attributes her career choice from the positive influence of someone special in her life.  

“I chose the teaching profession because I have a wonderful example in my mother” says Jessica. “Growing up I saw how incredibly hard she worked and most importantly, how she loved working with students and doing her part to make a positive impact at school and in the community. I believe in community and this profession allows me to contribute to the community and benefit from being a part of it.”

Each year, the Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) honours outstanding first-year teachers representing six zones throughout the province. Jessica will be recognized at the PRSD Staff Awards Gala on May 3, 2013 and at the ASBA Zone One Awards Luncheon in the fall.

“On behalf of Peace River School Division, we congratulate Jessica as the 2013 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee for the division” says Nan Bartlett, PRSD Board Chair. “We are very proud of the hard work, passion and dedication that Jessica has put forth in her first year of teaching. We are grateful for her service to students and for choosing to be a member of the Peace River School Division family.”