Dr. Karen Nelson, Superintendent of Schools for the Fraser Cascade, has been recognized for her contribution to education locally and across the province.
She received the Education Advocate award for 2013 from the Association of BC Deans of Education last weekend during a conference at Trinity Western University.
The organization wrote: “Dr. Nelson has distinguished herself as a strong advocate for all students and their education, with special attention to students of aboriginal background and those with special learning needs. “Many of Dr. Nelson’s handbooks and strategies for teaching have been recognized by educational partners in B.C. as best practices. Dr. Nelson has provided strong, consistent support to students, families, and communities, garnering the acclaim of students and families, colleagues, and education partner organizations in B.C.”
The faculty of UFV’s Teacher Education Program nominated Dr. Nelson for this award in recognition of her continuing support of teacher education. “Dr. Nelson’s dedication to teacher education ensures that future teachers, not just in the Fraser-Cascade School District but in BC as a whole are prepared to meet the unique needs of diverse communities.”
Speaking on behalf of the Fraser-Cascade Board of Education and staff, Board Chairman Ron Johnstone echoed those comments adding: “Karen is an amazing leader who cares deeply about the well being and success of every student, every staff member and every family that she serves.” School District 78 congratulates Karen Nelson on this prestigious award.
Other awards handed out by the ABCDE went to Dr. Linda Farr Darling for Teacher Educator and Dr. Harro Van Brummelen from TWU for Lifelong Service to Education.
Winners of each award received a plaque and a cheque for $100.