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BRSD announces Edwin Parr teacher award nominee

Tofield junior high teacher Kaden Doerksen builds relationships through coaching sports. (Photo submitted)

A Tofield teacher, Kaden Doerksen, has been selected as Battle River School Division’s 2024 Edwin Parr award nominee.

Doerksen has been nominated for the Edwin Parr first year teacher award, representing BRSD as he moves forward to zone finals.

He currently teaches junior high math, science, and physical education at Tofield School.

“Mr. Doerksen is a student-centered teacher who has been a welcome addition to Tofield School and to the division,” said Zenovia Lazaruik, principal of Tofield School.

“He is passionate about everything he teaches, especially math, and he shows perpetual dedication and commitment to the teaching profession and to his students.”

Doerksen actively participates in extracurricular activities. In November, he stepped up as senior high boys’ varsity basketball coach without hesitation, while he wrapped up coaching the junior boys’ volleyball season.

Coaching has helped him to build further relationships with students outside of his classes.

Six teachers who complete their first year of teaching with an Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) member school board are selected annually by ASBA to represent each zone. The Edwin Parr Teacher Award recognizes exceptional kindergarten to Grade 12 teachers who positively influence students.

The award was established in 1964 after Parr’s passing to honour the significance of exceptional first year teachers within his own school division.

Doerksen will be provincially at ASBA’s fall general meeting.