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Queen Elizabeth Elementary kindergarten teacher Kim Crozier received a P.E.I. Home and School Federation Extra Mile Award on Friday. Helping to hand out the award were two of her students, Kenzie MacMurdo, left, and Willow Archibald.
KENSINGTON - Halfway through the citation, Kim Crozier started to have a sinking suspicion that it was about her.
Crozier is not one for being the centre of attention, but for a few minutes last week every eye at Queen Elizabeth Elementary in Kensington was on her. The fact that she got an award probably helped soothe any misgivings she might have had.
Crozier is one of two latest recipients of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation Extra Mile Award. The awards are handed out to educators for going above and beyond what is required of them.
Crozier, an early childhood educator, was humbled by the recognition.
“Often what we do goes unnoticed, and I’m OK with that, but it is very nice to know that all that I do and all that we do as a staff and as a profession doesn’t go (completely) unnoticed.”
She was nominated for the award by her school’s Home and School association. Its citation lists a number of “extras” that Crozier has introduced into her kindergarten classroom to enhance the learning experience and parental involvement.
Some examples include creating a blog for her class to help keep parents informed, videotaping some of the children’s activities and creating movies for parents to see and being an avid attendee of Home and School meetings and countless fundraising and sporting events.
Crozier is certainly tops in the eyes of her students.
After she was handed the award, her class gathered around, each getting a hug or a high-five, depending on what they were comfortable with.
Five-year-old Willow Archibald said she really likes her teacher.
“She’s nice because she lets us do things, like go on different games.”
Kenzie MacMurdo, also five, was similarly enthused.
“She teaches different stuff every time,” she said.
“Right now we’re learning about Prince Edward Island, then we’re learning about penguins and polar bears and all kinds of animals that live in cold.”
School principal Rodney MacArthur said the greater school community appreciates everything Crozier does.
“She does a lot of things that people don’t really see. She does a lot of over-and-above stuff,” said MacArthur. “She really does go the extra mile in a lot of things.”