Bentley principal short-listed for prestigious award

The Bentley School principal who has been dubbed a “vision” by a Wolf Creek’s assistant superintendent

Lane Moore

Lane Moore

The Bentley School principal who has been dubbed a “vision” by a Wolf Creek’s assistant superintendent, is up for an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Lane Moore, one of two teachers from Wolf Creek Public Schools, to be nominated for the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards, is excited about the recognition. However, he gives credit to the teachers and support staff at his school for the honor.

“It takes a whole team to make a leader look good,” he said.

However, Gerry Varty, assistant superintendent of learning support/system improvement, said Moore is a transformative leader, who actively strives to create stronger sense of community, more inclusive culture and a heightened sense of belonging and ownership in the schools that he leads, not from the top, but ironically from right in the middle, where the kids are.

“For many children and adults, Lane’s belief in them was the first step in believing in themselves.”

Moore is among more than 100 teachers from across Alberta who will be formally recognized as semi-finalists for the provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards. Regional celebrations taking place in Edmonton on April 16 and Calgary on April 18.

For the past 25 years these awards have acknowledged teachers and principals who have demonstrated creativity and innovation in Alberta’s classrooms.

“It’s an honour to publicly recognize educators who impact students in such a meaningful way,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson. “Everything they do is focused on student success. These semi-finalists embody the vision and direction that thousands of Albertans shared with us through Inspiring Education and they deserve our recognition for that.”

From this year’s semi-finalists, 20 will be chosen to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award. These award recipients will be formally recognized at a dinner and ceremony with Johnson on May 25. Both semi-finalists and award recipients will have access to special funds for professional development.

Nominations are particularity meaningful because they are received from a nominee’s own students, colleagues and community members.

Lindsay Steward, a Grade 1 and special education facilitator at Eckville Elementary School has also been nominated for an award.