FREDERICTON (GNB) – Five teachers in francophone schools will receive a Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of their exceptional work over the 2013-14 school year.

"The Teaching Excellence Awards are presented each year to teachers who have shown exceptional dedication, ingenuity, leadership, passion, and professionalism with respect to the learning and development of their students," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Serge Rousselle. "This award is designed to highlight the implementation of innovative methods of fostering student progress, exceptional efforts to promote a positive learning environment, and initiatives to support students with difficulties."

The 21st annual Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony will be held in Fredericton on Nov. 29. Awards will be presented to the following teachers:

Francophone Nord-Est school district:

  • Alan McNeil, École Apollo XI, Campbellton;
  • Nadine Cormier Godin, École communautaire La Relève, Saint-Isidore.

Francophone Nord-Ouest school district:

  • Vicky Banville, École Mgr-Martin, Saint-Quentin.

Francophone Sud school district:

  • Chantal Duplessis, École Mont-Carmel, Sainte-Marie-de-Kent;
  • Joline Léger, École Donat-Robichaud, Cap-Pelé.

"As teachers, mentors, and guides dedicated to student learning, each of these individuals has made a great difference in the lives of their students," Rousselle said. "They are examples of teaching excellence in New Brunswick."

Rousselle also spoke of the important role played by teachers in helping New Brunswick students to build their future, become active members of society, and contribute to the province’s development.