Archived—Sarah Varghese

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Year: 2003 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

School: Keenooshayo Elementary School
40 Woodlands Road
St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3X3

Principal: Kevin Jones
School Telephone: 780-459-3114
School Fax: 780-460-7752
School Email: vargheses@spschools.org
School Website: http://keem.spschools.org
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 2 / all subjects except music

Teaching Approach:

Important for children to become self-directed learners and problem-solvers, both inside and outside the classroom.

Gives children the confidence and ability to set and achieve their goals.

Outstanding Achievements:

To encourage students to be independent, Mrs. Varghese lets students establish rules for a safe and fun learning environment. The rules, which include working together to solve problems, are used to create a "class behaviour code," which the class follows throughout the year.

She also helps students take initiative and make decisions. For instance, she encourages children to choose their own activities and projects, based on their interests. The children also learn to resolve conflicts and to be more sensitive to the feelings of others.

She also initiated a playground leaders' program, in which senior students are trained to resolve disputes in the schoolyard.

Mrs. Varghese also keeps the lines of communication open with parents. After the first day of class, she calls parents, and encourages them to participate and keep in touch. She also organizes regular open houses for parents and distributes a monthly newsletter.

In Praise Of:

"Mrs. Varghese sets high expectations for her students and empowers them with tools to achieve these goals by adapting instruction to meet the individual needs of each child. Her program celebrates the unique qualities of her students." - Elementary School Teacher

"She is an outstanding person, a gifted human being, and a master teacher who consistently demonstrates her zeal for teaching." - Assistant Principal, Keenooshayo Elementary School