Posted: May 22, 2010
Ian Baillie Primary School students and staff are "as pleased as Punch". Teacher, Mr. Pat Lange, is to receive the Premier's Award of Excellence in Education at a gala ceremony in Fredericton on June 8th. Mr. Lange along with 15 other educators and community members from across New Brunswick will be honoured at the Playhouse in the annual event. Quoting Premier Shawn Graham, "These honourees have demonstrated a commitment to promoting innovation, leadership and excellence in our education system; and to guiding our students toward a bright future. Their leadership is preparing our students to be successful in a self-sufficient New Brunswick." An example of Mr. Lange's work is shown in a quote from a press release from the NB Department of Education dated May 12, 2010, "There is one brick in the Juno Beach Memorial Wall in France that bears the name of the Ian Baillie Primary School alongside the name of war veteran Pte. Earl Kingston. Students of Ian Baillie Primary School raised funds to pay for that brick; their teacher, Lange, went to Juno Beach; bought the brick; and returned to share a moving presentation with students, families and teachers. For 33 years, Lange has shared a similar degree of commitment, engagement and connection to history with the students in his kindergarten to Grade 3 class and with students, teachers and others throughout the district."