Parrsboro principal honoured to start Education Week

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Recognized by Lt.-Gov. Grant and education minister

Sue Stevenson was one of two dozen teachers and education partners honoured to help kick off Education Week in Nova Scotia.

Sue Stevenson was one of two dozen teachers and education partners honoured to help kick off Education Week in Nova Scotia.

HALIFAX – The principal of the Parrsboro schools was one of three Chignecto-Central Regional School Board teachers and 23 provincewide to receive Education Week Awards from Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and Education Minister Karen Casey on Tuesday.

The teachers and four education partners were honoured as part of the kick off to Education Week in Nova Scotia. The week, held since 1935, honours the commitment from teachers and partners to students.

This year's theme 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 Grant.

Recipients are being recognized for encouraging students to be active in their communities and recognize the influential role they can have.

Recipients promote key aspects of active citizenship such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, participation, and using the Internet and social media responsibly.

"These educators are empowering students, giving them the tools to be leaders in their communities," said Casey. "Thank you for fostering active citizens in Nova Scotia."

Education Week 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.

As principal of Parrsboro Regional Elementary and Parrsboro Regional High School, Stevenson inspires students to think, react, and model positive behaviour through a host of many programs—like the Green Schools Initiative, ICAN, and the Keys to Success program—designed to help them become active citizens.

She uses a restorative approach with students to make them reflect on their choices and to better themselves as members of their school community.

Active citizenship is not just a philosophy for Stevenson; she lives and embodies it in her everyday life.

Those who nominated Stevenson say her tenacity to get involved and make a difference earned her the moniker “Sue-Nami,” a true doer not just a dreamer. Her constant refrain to students and staff alike is, “Why are we all just talking about it? Let’s do it! How do we make this happen?”—she will make it happen.

Stevenson is a constant presence and sounding board for student-led ideas. When students come to her with an idea, she truly listens to what they say. Then she asks each of them how they can make that happen in their school. She validates their ideas and guides them as they turn their ideas into action that will benefit their school community and beyond.

Organizations: Education Week, Central Regional School Board, Nova Scotia Teachers Union Nova Scotia School Boards Association Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators Department of Education and Early Childhood Parrsboro Regional Elementary and Parrsboro Regional High School Green Schools Initiative

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Chignecto

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