Award humbling experience for Wallace teacher

Justin Dickie
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WALLACE Jordan Boyd best explained why Kelly Parker is an excellent teacher.

Shes nice. She has no mean bone in her. She doesnt like to yell. She always says theres no wrong answers, Boyd said.

Whatever Boyds mother, Jacqueline Boyd, said in her nomination letter to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board was a right answer as Parker was just one of 15 teachers across the school board to get an Excellence in Teaching award recently.

Parker said she had mixed emotions when she was named an award winner.

Award humbling experience for Wallace teacher

WALLACE Jordan Boyd best explained why Kelly Parker is an excellent teacher.

Shes nice. She has no mean bone in her. She doesnt like to yell. She always says theres no wrong answers, Boyd said.

Whatever Boyds mother, Jacqueline Boyd, said in her nomination letter to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board was a right answer as Parker was just one of 15 teachers across the school board to get an Excellence in Teaching award recently.

Parker said she had mixed emotions when she was named an award winner.

My first reaction was are you sure its the right person? because I worked over the years with so many great teachers that you feel quite humbled when youre selected, Parker said. It makes you feel really good about what youre doing but at the same time you just look around and theres so many other teachers that are so deserving of the same award.

Parker has been teaching full-time for 22 years. After graduating from Nova Scotia Teachers College, she took term positions and subbed for awhile. Then she got a job at Northport Elementary where she worked for two years before taking a position at Collingwood Elementary for a year. She transferred back to Northport for four more years before going to teach at Wallace Consolidated Elementary, where she has been for the past 15 years.

She said she never expected to win an award for what she does because it just seems routine.

I was getting all teary-eyed when I was reading (the nomination letters) because I guess you do this every day and you dont really think about how its coming across to other people, she said. (Parents) just feel really good about how well the kids are coping in school. They say they dont fight to do their homework or they get up in the morning and they want to go to school and it makes you feel really good as a teacher because that doesnt always happen.

Parker is also involved in the CARES program (Children At Risk Experiencing Success), is the peer mediator advisor, and is the schools math leader.

This is what I always wanted to do, Parker said.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Teachers College, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Chignecto, Northport

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