Two Island educators earn Extra Mile Awards

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SUMMERSIDE — Nicole Haire, principal of Three Oaks Senior High School, and Lynn Sherren, vice principal of Souris Consolidated Elementary School, were presented with the P.E.I. Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Awards last week.

The awards are presented annually in celebration of National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 10-16.  This annual award honours two school staff personnel who exemplify going the ‘extra mile’ for students to achieve both academically and socially in their young lives.

Haire is known as a hard-working, dedicated and caring person by students, parents and teachers. As resource teacher at Westisle Composite High, she initiated the Peer Helping program, providing students who struggled academically with the help they needed with assistance from their peers.

In September, 1999, she introduced the Peer Helping program to TOSH students.  The success that began at Westisle was again repeated at Three Oaks; and due to her dedication and belief in the value of the program, the Peer Helping course is now a credit course offered in all eight Island high schools.

Her dedication and commitment to students extends well beyond the classroom.  She builds students’ confidence causing them to realize their potential;  an educator in all respects, who leaves a lasting impression on each and every student.

“Ms. Haire would never take credit for the awards that her school has received, but it is clear to us as a Parent Council that she is the driving force behind creating the great atmosphere at Three Oaks Senior High. She has certainly gone the ‘extra mile’ on many occasions, and we feel that she is very deserving of this award,”  says Karen Smith, co-chair Three Oaks Parent Council.

Sherren is also known as a hard-working, dedicated and caring person by students, parents and teachers. She is an educator who leaves a lasting impression on each and every student.

“No matter how busy her schedule is, Mrs. Sherren will always stop to help you come up with a solution to a problem, or to just simply listen,” says Tara Burke, president Souris Consolidated Home and School Association. “She has a huge and compassionate heart that shows everyone around her how much she cares. It is difficult to put into words how wonderful an educator Mrs. Sherren is.”

Organizations: P.E.I. Home and School Federation, Pam Montgomery and Alan McIsaac, Parent Council

Geographic location: Iceland

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  • Garth Staples
    February 18, 2013 - 09:58

    When a student is having difficulty with a school subject he/she must seek expensive help outside the school (tutor) and or help from an unqualified person; a peer. What is wrong with the system? If my GP thinks I need special care he refers me to a specialist. The cost is minimal. How come we treat the educational system so differently---the system that is the beginning of everything we do.