Special Recognition for Three ASD-N Educators
Three teachers in Anglophone North School District have been recently recognized by their peers for their work in Physical Education. Ms Mae Cameron of Sugarloaf High School, Campbellton, Mr. Jamie Henderson of North and South Esk Elementary School, Sunny Corner and Ms Denise Pugh of Nelson Rural School, Miramichi each received their awards at the New Brunswick Physical Education Society’s (NBPES) annual conference in Fredericton on October 10th.
In the accompanying photos Ms Cameron, Mr. Henderson and Ms Pugh respectively, are shown receiving their awards from Garth Wade, NBPES Past President and Ross Campbell NBPES President.
Below is a brief description of the contribution each has made to their respective schools as seen by their colleagues.
Teacher, coach, head of the athletics department, mentor are just some of the many hats Mae Cameron wears at Sugarloaf Senior High School. In her relatively short time at SSHS, Ms Cameron has become an integral part of the fabric of the school. Whether it is in the classroom, on the sidelines or behind the scenes she has had an impact on all those around her. Her 100% commitment to all that she does, transfers to her refusal to accept less from her players and students as she pushes them to achieve the potential she sees, even when they may not see it in themselves. Forever positive, ready with smile, a joke or a pat on the back, Ms Cameron has become a role model to those who wish to become part of the athletic scene at SSHS.
Mr. Henderson is most deserving of the Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award as recently awarded at the PE conference in Fredericton. He has been teaching Physical Education for the past 10 years, for the past two years at North and South Esk Elementary School. Mr. Henderson delivers a comprehensive Physical Education program to students in Grades K, 1, and 2. Using the prescribed New Brunswick curriculum of Doing, Knowing and Valuing, Mr. Henderson provides his students with an excellent introduction to PE. He also uses the Adventures Education resource that he has modified for primary students. He serves as a positive role model for Physical Fitness and takes an active role in promoting activities at NSEE. He coaches soccer, cross country running and basketball. He runs the school mountain bike club. He also serves as a resource person to other PE teachers at NSEE and makes a significant contribution to Physical Education at the district level by leading workshops and organizing events such as Soccer Jamborees.
Denise Pugh has been a valued Physical Education teacher at Nelson Rural for the past 10 years. Her dedication to the students of Nelson Rural School is evident each and every day in her physical education classes, with the teams she coaches or with those students that sometimes can’t afford proper sneakers or gym clothes. They “mysteriously” seem to get what they need so they can try out for the soccer team or run in the cross country meet that week. Ms Pugh believes that all students should be able to participate and feel successful in her PE classes. It is because of this belief that the students at Nelson Rural School have one of the most diverse PE programs in the district. Students at Nelson experience all the mainstream PE activities but are also given the opportunity to experience archery, golf, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, geo-caching, dance, community fitness nights and a variety of other activities. Through her actions Mrs. Pugh has reached many students and provided them with not only lifelong healthy activity alternatives, but a feeling of confidence and self worth they might not have otherwise known if they had not had her as their Physical Education teacher.
The criteria for the NBPES Sub-District Physical Education Teacher of the Year are as follows:
1) Be a member in good standing with the NBPES.
2) Conduct a quality Physical Education program as reflected in PHE Canada’s definition.
3) Serve as a positive role model in personal health and fitness.
4) Participate in professional development opportunities.
5) Hold a full time teaching contract and have a minimum of five years teaching experience in Physical Education; full time, part time or on a regular basis as a classroom teacher.
6) Make a significant contribution to the field of Physical Education at the local level.