New school year, new teacher

Christopher Gooding
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Strumming and conjugation are part of the curriculum at elementary schools in Wallace, Wentworth and Pugwash, where new teacher Sarah Parker is at the head of the class.

WALLACE – That familiar theme song in the Lone Ranger, the William Tell Overture written by Gioachino Rossini, uses a musical rhythm known as triplets.

In French, that’s “triplets rythmes musicaux.”

But for the elementary students here in Wallace, Wentworth and Pugwash, they have Ms. Sarah Parker to guide them through music studies and French.

Parker, who studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed her undergraduate at Mount Allison University, is the newest teacher with the Chignecto Central Regional family of schools. Hailing from Milford in the Annapolis Valle, Parker got her first glimpse of her future career working in Cumberland County a year ago.

“I worked at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs the previous summer and learned from a friend about this great little school in Wentworth,” Parker said. “When I discovered a job here, I decided to go for it.”

It was as if it was meant to be. During her undergraduate years, Parker focused on music and French studies. The job: teaching Grades 4 to 6 core French and Grades Primary to 6 music.

“It worked out perfectly,” Parker said. “It was exactly what I was looking for.”

Coming from a small community with a population less than 1,000, Parker is familiar with small rural schools, the travelling involved for students and the travelling she will have to do between the three schools to be part of local students’ curriculum.

“I actually started here in March between Wallace and Wentworth as a long-term substitute teacher,” Parker said. “Now that I’m full-time, I’ll be making the circuit everyday.”

School starts tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 5.

Organizations: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mount Allison University

Geographic location: Pugwash, Chignecto, Annapolis Valle Cumberland County

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