Teresa Borchers

Local teachers receive prestigious award

  • Aug. 24, 2010 6:17 p.m.

A number of local teachers have won prestigious awards.

Teresa Borchers, an English as a Second Language teacher at St. Patrick’s Community School and Suzanne Bleaken, teacher with the Aboriginal Family and School Frontline Program in Red Deer have both received a 2010 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

“It’s very much an honour to be recognized for something that I love to do,” said Borchers. “I’m just so fortunate to be here at St. Pats where there is amazing administration and staff and students. It’s a joy.”

Borchers began teaching in 1997 and she taught for nine years in Whitecourt before coming to Red Deer.

“I love teaching and I’ve always dreamed since I was a little kid of being a teacher and here I am,” she said. “I’m very passionate about working with kids and creating activities that will help them in their learning. Here it is primarily helping them learn English. I work with some students who have just moved to Canada and who don’t know any English whatsoever and some who haven’t had any schooling. It’s a bit of a shock to them. I also work with students who have been in Canada for seven years.”

Bleaken, who has been a teacher for 20 years, said she is honoured to have received the award.

“It’s both an honour and very humbling,” she said. “I think the thing we sometimes forget is to be impactful on a child’s life we have to work together. I received the award but there are many influential people in that child’s life.”

Both Borchers and Bleaken received a $4,000 professional development allowance to better their teaching skills.

Borchers and Bleaken were amongst 21 other Alberta teachers who were recognized with a 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award.

The awards are given to those who have been nominated. They are then selected by a committee of representatives from Alberta’s education community.

This year there were 338 eligible nominees.

Meanwhile, Darcie McDonald, a teacher at St. Patrick’s Community School is a finalist for this year’s Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and Paulette Hanna, superintendent of schools with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, is the provincial winner of this year’s EXL Award sponsored by the Canadian Association of School Administrators (CASA) and Xerox Canada Ltd.

Just Posted

2019 Canada Winter Games festival headliners announced

Pop singer-songwriter Scott Helman to headline at 2019 Canada Games festival in Red Deer

Woman steals truck from Ponoka gas station while being fueled

Ponoka RCMP pursued and located the woman in a tree after several other incidents

Red Deer rebounding, hosting AUMA convention

Hundreds of municipal officials gather in Red Deer for the AUMA

Celebrate ‘Alberta Culture Days’ here in Red Deer

Lots of family-friendly activities set for this coming weekend

On the run with Melissa Ray

Red Deer runner talks about her intense running experiences

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Trump boasts of America’s might, gets laugh at UN

President Donald Trump received an unexpected laugh at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Federal use of A.I. in visa applications could breach human rights, report says

Impacts of automated decision-making involving immigration applications and how errors and assumptions could lead to “life-and-death ramifications”

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Robbery report at outlet mall turns out to be fake: police

Leduc RCMP respond to weapons complaint at premium outlet collection mall

Most Read