2024 Prime Minister's Awardee

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We are thrilled to announce that Laura Noel, a dedicated and innovative teacher from Parkside Montessori, has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Prime Minister's Certificate of Teaching Excellence. This award recognizes Laura's exceptional ability to inspire and empower young learners through creative and empathetic teaching methods.

Miss Laura, as she is affectionally known by her students, is well-known for her multi-sensory learning opportunities that encourage them to explore their curiosity and engage deeply with their studies and community. Her initiatives, such as the "grand-buddies" program with a local seniors' home and the "kindness ninjas" project, foster a sense of community and empathy among her students. These projects demonstrate the positive impact of her teaching philosophy and her commitment to making a difference both in and out of the classroom.

“Laura’s work not only engages and inspires her students but also enriches her entire school community. We are incredibly proud of her achievements and grateful for her contributions to our division." - Sandy McDonald, Superintendent, GPPSD

About the Prime Minister's Awards

The Prime Minister's Awards celebrate excellence in various categories, including Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. This year holds special significance as it marks the 30th anniversary of the awards, continuing the tradition of honouring educators who dedicate themselves to fostering the next generation.

For more information and to read about about all this year's awardees, read the official press release from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Quick Facts

  • Since their creation in 1994, the Prime Minister’s Awards have honoured more than 2,200 outstanding Canadian educators.
  • Award recipients are determined based on a rigorous two-tier selection process undertaken by over 180 volunteers from the education and early childhood education communities across Canada.
  • This year’s award recipients were chosen from among 115 nominations across the country.

Congratulations Laura on your well-deserved recognition and look forward to seeing the continued positive impact you are making at Parkside and the greater community!

Division Information
Grande Prairie Public School Division
Email: communications@gppsd.ab.ca 
Phone: 780-532-4491