Worsley educator celebrated as PRSD's 2017 Edwin Parr First Year Teacher Award

Worsley educator celebrated as PRSD's 2017 Edwin Parr First Year Teacher Award

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September 13, 2017-
Earlier this afternoon Taryn Banach, Worsley Central School educator was celebrated at the Alberta School Boards Association Awards Luncheon with fellow nominees from school boards located in Zone One for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. 

The Edwin Parr Teacher Award recognizes first year teachers that demonstrate exemplary dedication and commitment in the field of Education. 

“I am so honoured to be chosen to represent our division as a first year teacher” says Banach. “I share this award with the students and staff as they have supported me so much in my first year. I strive to be the best educator I can be and it is humbling to be recognized in this way.”

In addition to her teaching assignments, Taryn also serves as the school’s I-Coach. In this role, Taryn researches various supports and resources for students with diverse learning needs and works with students, teachers and parents to arrange programming and ensure the learning needs of students are met. Taryn also serves as a teacher facilitator on the WCS Student Leadership Team who organizes school and community events that promote a positive atmosphere.

Below are some comments shared from students at WCS:

“She makes our work fun” says Braxton Rowe, grade 7 WCS student. “She uses games and different ways to help us learn, we don’t just sit at our desk doing paper work. Bailee Richardson, grade 8 student says “She cares about all of us. She’s really kind and supportive and makes sure everyone has equal opportunities in the classroom. Trayc Bean, grade nine student noted her excellent organization and ability to engage all students. “She teaches very clearly, with clear deadlines and engages all students.”  Students also mentioned that she attends their sporting events, cheering them on while wearing her Worsley Central School gear.

Taryn is no stranger to PRSD having graduated from Fairview High School in 2011. Taryn went on to post-secondary studies at the University of Alberta and completed her Bachelor of Education with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Biological Sciences. Following university studies, Taryn spent six months working as a substitute teacher in PRSD schools.

“Before I started my first year at Worsley, I spent six months subbing at schools around the division” says Banach. “I love working for PRSD because of their focus on collaboration and "success for all" students. This is evident in their importance placed on Response to Intervention and making sure that we are helping all kids to learn and succeed no matter their ability. Our teachers, support staff, learning coaches, inclusive education coaches, tech coaches, central office staff - everyone is just great. “

Each year, the Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) honours outstanding first-year teachers representing six zones throughout the province.

“On behalf of Peace River School Division, we congratulate Taryn as the 2017 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee for the division” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester. “We are very proud of the hard work, passion and dedication that Taryn has put forth in her first year of teaching. We are grateful for her service to students and for choosing to be a member of the Peace River School Division family.”