Two Hants County teachers win Education Week awards

Ashley Thompson
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Two Hants County teachers are among the latest batch of Education Week award recipients.

Melanie Miller, a Grade 7 teacher at West Hants Middle School, and Katherine Blois, a Grade 1-2 teacher at Rawdon District Elementary, were among the 23 teachers and four education partners from throughout Nova Scotia honoured at the Education Week Awards ceremony hosted in Bedford’s Rocky Lake Junior High April 22.

The theme for the 2014 Education Week, spanning from April 22-26, is Active Citizenship: Get Involved, Take Action, Be the Difference.

"Today we recognize the exemplary efforts of Nova Scotia's educators, and all those who work in partnership to ensure a prosperous future for the next generation of Nova Scotians," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, in a press release announcing the winners.

In her nomination letter, Miller is described as someone who “makes things happen.”

“She embodies active citizenship both inside and outside of the school, and in her classroom, she engages students because she cares about their interests and in turn uses that to inspire them to do things they didn't know they could do,” the nomination letter reads.

Miller is a volunteer coach, 4H mentor, Sunday school teacher and the catalyst behind PASTE, a student group that promotes physical activity, ambassadorship, student motivation, technology support and environment stewardship.

Blois, a teacher with more than 25 years experience at the head of the classroom, was nominated for leading by example.

“Her experience and wisdom translates beyond just her classroom, but to her school and community at large,” the nomination letter reads.

Blois is the leader of the school’s garden club, a volunteer with a local dinner theatre, a secretary for the Upper Rawdon Hall’s operating committee, a Home and School representative and constant supporter of fundraisers for the local school and community hall.

The Education Week awards were presented to individuals who encourage students to recognize how their own actions can influence their communities. 

Organizations: Education Week, West Hants Middle School, Rawdon District Elementary Home and School

Geographic location: Hants County, Nova Scotia, Bedford Rocky Lake Windsor West Hants

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