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Local teacher receives Education Week award

A teacher from West Pictou Consolidated was honoured Monday as one of the 2015 Education Week award recipients.

Karri Ann Noel, West Pictou Consolidated School, was one of three teachers from the Chignecto Central Regional School Board who was recognized.

This year's theme is Schools as Communities: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Recipients are being recognized for supporting student development through service learning, community projects and co-operative education, and for encouraging students to be active in their schools and communities.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey presented Education Week Awards to 23 teachers and five education partners.

Noel is a resource teacher at West Pictou Consolidated School. According to the citation given, during her tenure she has made a real difference in the lives of her students, their families and her colleagues. Through her leadership, a grant was obtained from the Aberdeen Health Foundation that will allow students access to technology that will help them build on their life skills. The grant will also allow for students to participate in outings that will take them into their local community, allowing for the development and enhancement of relationship.

 Noel is also responsible for the creation of a girls club at West Pictou. The club gives girls who may have difficulty with social interaction and making friends an opportunity to participate in social activities, while learning independence and appropriate social communication.

Education Week runs until April 25, and has been celebrated since 1935, honouring the commitment of teachers and partners, to students. It is a co-operative effort of 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 and Early Childhood Development.

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