Courtenay Elementary trio nominated for Prime Minister’s Award

Three Courtenay Elementary teachers have been nominated for the Prime Minister's Award.

Three women at Courtenay Elementary School have been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education (ECE).

Holly Edwards, Laurel Hodgins and Carlene Steeves have being accepted as a team nomination in ECE.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in ECE honours outstanding and innovative early childhood educators who work as a team at fostering the early development and socialization of the children in their program, and build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life.

Laurel, Holly, and Carlene reflect a true collaborative effort at Courtenay Elementary.

They share a passion for supporting all students without judgment to foster the child’s development. They show innovation at school by creating partnerships with our youngest new learners and their big buddies in kindergarten.

New immigrant families are supported and encouraged at school and are assisted in navigating learning opportunities available to help them adjust to a new country. Our First Nation culture is proudly incorporated into play-based learning in a fun and nurturing environment.

The school’s team will compete with ECEs from across Canada for the Certificate of Excellence at the national level including a financial award of $5,000 or the Certificate of Achievement at the regional level with a financial award of $1,000.

Typically, the prime minister announces the winners on World Teacher Day in October.

— Courtenay Elementary School