Canadian Parents for French PEI, a branch of a National network of volunteers which promotes and creates opportunities for Canadian youth to learn and use French as a second language, has announced the winner of its 33rd Educator of the Year Award for the past year. The award is presented annually to a person who has shown exceptional support and dedication to the quality and availability of French language programs in PEI schools. This year’s recipient is Guylaine Marois a French Immersion teacher at Parkside Elementary, Summerside.
One parent wrote: “She worked tirelessly to foster a real love of learning in her classroom. She was always letting us know what was happening in the classroom via her blog which also included some very helpful ideas and links to help parents and children with different concepts in literacy and math.”
Another parent “I would love to express my gratitude to Guylaine for her love and dedication in teaching French to children and adults of all ages.”.. I have seen firsthand how creative and unique her teaching methods are.”
Fellow teachers “Guylaine arrived in our province in the role of French Monitor in 2002 at Bloomfield Elementary with a desire to share her French Canadian culture and personal goal of learning to speak more English. Guylaine quickly won the hearts of students and staff alike, she engaged students in enjoyable, educational activities that made them think they were not learning but having fun.”
Over the past number of years, Guylaine has been nominated three times. This is a testament to the excellence of educators who get nominated for this award but also a testament to Guylaine’s continued impact on the students, staff, and parents she comes into contact with.
It was with great pleasure that CPF PEI along with Minister Currie, all Parkside students, fellow teachers including her nominator Paul Koberinski, René Hurtubise (Director of French Programs), Parker Grimmer (Public Schools Branch) and school administration presented Guylaine with her award on Monday. As part of the award, Madame Marois received a banner for her classroom, a trophy, a gift card and an allowance to support learning in her classroom.