Teachers Max Welz and Eric Gilmour Recognized for their Outstanding First Year of Teaching

  Posted: March 21, 2016

Congratulations to HFCRD teachers Max Welz and Eric Gilmour, who have been recognized for their outstanding first years of teaching.  Both teachers, who are currently in their first year of teaching, have been recommended for the HFCRD nomination for the Edwin Parr Award.  The Edwin Parr Award is given annually to a first year teacher who demonstrates above-average teaching abilities.  The HFCRD Edwin Parr Selection Committee will meet on Tuesday March 22nd to review each recommendation and to select the division’s official nominee.  The division’s nominee’s nomination package will be reviewed by the Zone 1 Edwin Parr Selection Committee.  HFCRD congratulates both Max and Eric for their outstanding work!

Max Welz

Max Welz, a teacher at St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie, was nominated by St. Andrew’s Principal Marc Lamoureux.  Max teaches Junior and Senior High Math, Science and Religion.  Max was nominated because he “displays a care to know his students and to adjust his learning activities in small and large ways to support individual students,” wrote Mr. Lamoureux in his recommendation.  Max has an open door and regularly helps students on the lunch hour and after school. Max, who is originally from Edmonton, earned his Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta, majoring in biology and minoring in math.

Max excels in creating positive, productive and safe learning environments for students.  Max welcomes and actively seeks out feedback from his Principal and colleagues to improve his teaching practice. He has initiated collaborative work with colleagues with a focus in the areas of planning and assessment. Max is very involved with the school and community.  He has contributed to his community by volunteering as Coach of the Junior Boys Basketball Team.

Thanks to Max for using his gifts and talents to foster a safe and caring learning environment for students.  Congratulations Max!

Eric Gilmour

Eric Gilmour, a teacher at Glenmary School in Peace River, was nominated by Glenmary Principal John Wiedrick.  Eric teaches Junior and Senior High Math, and Physics 20.  Eric was nominated because he shows a variety of instructional methodologies that are translated into meaningful learning activities for students.  Eric’s classroom is described as “an engaging mix of audio, visual and kinesthetic learning activities,” wrote Mr. Wiedrick in Eric’s recommendation.  Eric, who is originally from the Edmonton area, earned his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in Physical Sciences and minoring in Math.

Eric shows his purpose of teaching through his daily actions.  He freely gives his spare time to work with struggling students.  Eric adapts his teaching to a variety of learning styles, he continuously monitors student actions and he responds to their individual learning needs.  Mr. Wiedrick describes Eric’s dedication to student learning and meeting the needs of all learners as impressive.  Eric has contributed to his community by volunteering as an Assistant Coach for the Peace River Pioneers Football Team in the Fall of 2015.

Thanks to Eric for using his extensive knowledge in math and science to meet the needs of all learners.  Congratulations Eric!