North Queens teacher among those recognized for work

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Two South Shore Regional School Board (SSRSB) teachers will be among those honoured for their contributions to education and active citizenship on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Education Week Teacher Award Ceremony in Halifax. Julie Ramey of North Queens Community School and Krystal Snyder will each receive awards, having both been nominated by members of staff at their schools.

This year’s theme, Active Citizenship: Get Involved, Take Action, Be the Difference!, recognizes outstandingNova Scotia educators who integrate active citizenship into their daily lessons. These teachers encourage their students to become involved in their own communities, and on a global scale. Active participation, service learning, positive digital citizenship, anti-bullying efforts and local and global awareness are just a few examples of active citizenship.

At North Queens Community School Ramey leads the Social Justice group, and provide opportunities for her students to participate in local and global initiatives. Her students participated in “We Day” in Halifax, are now fundraising to build a school in Mexico, and hosted a 30-hour Famine event at their school. In her role as a social studies and English teacher, Ms. Ramey has incorporated lessons on social injustices, asking her students to brainstorm possible solutions to prevalent social problems.

Snyder is a Primary teacher at New Germany Elementary School, and has developed skills to teach even the youngest students about responsible citizenship and how to contribute to the community. Empathy is a common theme in her classroom as she encourages her students to be good friends and citizens. Snyder is also involved in the New Germany Elementary School Student Voices committee with grade three to six students. This group works to foster leadership and give students a voice to build confidence and security.

“Ms. Ramey and Ms. Snyder are shining examples of teachers working with their students to understand social responsibility and citizenship. These lessons go beyond the standard curriculum, and help to shape mindful, empathetic and kind people,” said Geoff Cainen, Superintendent of Schools. “The extra work done by teachers like Ms. Ramey and Ms. Snyder is invaluable and contributes to student success.”

Education Week is an annual week recognizing the greatness of educators around Nova Scotia.  The week is a co-operative effort between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, the Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators and the Department of Education.

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