School District 27 teacher Sylvia Swift receives the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Superintendent Mark Thiessen recently. Swift was nominated for the award by her colleagues in 2014.

School District 27 teacher Sylvia Swift receives the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Superintendent Mark Thiessen recently. Swift was nominated for the award by her colleagues in 2014.

Swift honoured for teaching excellence

Teacher Sylvia Swift was presented with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Superintendent Mark Thiessen recently.

  • Jan. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Surrounded by proud colleagues, longtime School District 27 teacher Sylvia Swift was presented with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Superintendent Mark Thiessen recently.

Swift was honoured for her amazing achievement during a get together at CJs Restaurant on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The local teacher was nominated for the award in 2014 by Principal Judy Vanderzwan of Big Lake Elementary and Vice-Principal Hattie Darney of Cataline Elementary.

“Her approach to teaching is student-driven and inquiry-based, conducive to 21st Century learning,” said Cataline elementary school vice-principal, Hattie Darney.

“The learning environment expands far beyond her classroom as students engage in a multitude of hands-on learning.”

Swift has been teaching since 1993 and enjoys both teaching and learning.

Darney said Swift is a life-long learner who continually strives to improve her practice, host professional development workshops, collaborate with colleagues, and lead guided math groups for the school district.

Currently, Swift teaches at Nesika Elementary School and is also mathematics teacher leader for School District No.27.

“We are really proud of her,” Darney said.