Two local educators recently received recognition for their hard work.  

It was announced last week that Michelle Parrish of the Keewatin District School Board and Cheri Grandbois of Valleyview Public School were some of the most recent winners of the 2021 round of Prime Minister’s Awards.  

Michelle Parish won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM, Certificate of Achievement, an award that recognizes inspirational STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers who keep students engaged in STEM in creative and innovative ways.  

“As a classroom educator and systems support teacher, Michelle has a significant impact on student success and student skills development. She promotes the skills that students need to thrive in our changing and complex world. She also understands the role of well-being and the risks associated with technology and social media, with a mindset of ensuring the best pedagogical outcomes for students,” said a colleague of Parrish 

Cheri Grandbois has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Achievement. Recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education are honoured for their leadership and exemplary early childhood education practices.  

A colleague of Grandbois said this “Cheri goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every day to make learning experiences equitable, inclusive and engaging for all students in her kindergarten classroom environment and throughout the K-6 student population at Valleyview. Words cannot express how much Cheri contributes to her classroom, the school and the community at large.” 

You can read all about their teaching philosophies and the official award statements by clicking the following links: 

Michelle Parish 

Cheri Grandbois