Gus Wetter School first-year teacher, Rebecca Clarke, won the Edwin Parr Award for Zone 4, which is handed out on a yearly basis to first-year teachers who show exemplary dedication and commitment to the education of their students.
“I am incredibly honoured and humbled to be awarded the Edwin Parr Award for Zone 4! I would like to thank the Edwin Parr Committee, the Clearview Public Schools Board of Trustees for putting forth my nomination, and the staff and administration at Gus Wetter School for the support and encouragement this year,” said Clarke.
“Thank you to my incredible students for your kindness, patience, laughs, and trust as I tried to find my way as a new teacher. You have all helped to make my first year so memorable and I am truly grateful to call Gus Wetter home.”
Superintendent Peter Barron said, “I am delighted that Rebecca was awarded the prestigious Edwin Parr Award. Rebecca is a great young teacher, and we are proud to have her be a part of the Clearview family.
“She embodies all the qualities we look for in a first year teacher. She is innovative, hardworking and dedicated to her students. I would also like to congratulate the other wonderful candidates from the Zone 4 school divisions.”
In her nomination letter, Vice-Principal Hronek (Gus Wetter School) had written, “It is with privilege that I nominate Rebecca Clarke for the Edwin Parr Award and I feel that she is an excellent candidate for this prestigious recognition. She is a dedicated teacher who is always looking for ways to ensure each of her students is receiving the best education she can give to them.”
Clarke was born in Stettler and grew up on a farm just outside of Gadsby.
She attended Botha School and then the Stettler complex; graduating from Wm. E. Hay in 2012.
After taking a year off she started a five year concurrent degree program at the Werklund School of Education (University of Calgary). She convocated in June 2018 with a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Secondary English, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and minoring in history.
In addition to teaching, Clarke managed the Sr. Boys’ Volleyball team, helped organize Operation Christmas Child and is currently helping with the yearbook committee.
She has really enjoyed working with students outside of the classroom and getting to see students succeed in something they feel passionate about.
Outside of school, Clarke has been curling in the Castor Curling Club Ladies League. She enjoys knitting and crocheting and attending craft markets with her products.
Since moving back to the area, she has enjoyed being closer to family and spends most of her free time with family and friends.