Grasslands School Division is proud to announce their 2022 Edwin Parr Nominee, Julie Tuan. Julie teaches English Language Arts at the Brooks Composite High School. A city girl, Julie joined Grasslands this year after graduating from the University of Calgary where she majored in Secondary English. Julie is a kind, caring teacher with high expectations for her students. Her strengths include her focus on inclusion within the classroom. This includes providing students with multiple ways of accessing learning through digital books, hands-on learning and her attention to language, ensuring that all students feel represented and respected in her classroom.
Brooks Composite High School principal, Geoff Petley-Jones stated, “it has been my pleasure watching the teaching skills of Julie develop and flourish as a high school English teacher… she has developed great rapport with her students and they value how she respects them. When we announced that Julie had been chosen as the Edwin Parr nominee at our staff meeting, a student who was giving teachers an update on student council activities took the opportunity to congratulate Julie and commend us on making such an inspired choice.” Assistant Superintendent Katie Graham added that “Julie is an incredibly strong first year teacher and exemplifies the passion, commitment to improvement and learning that we want all of our students to aspire to. She is an exemplary role model for our students and we couldn’t be more pleased with her.”
The Edwin Parr Award is given to first-year teachers who demonstrate excellence in their first year of teaching. The award has been presented for 60 years and is one of the highest honours a teacher can be awarded. Julie is competing with teachers from the southern zone. The selection for the award will take place in May.