|Stacey Turkington holds her Dr.
Richard H. Bartlett Adapted
Physical Education Teacher of the
Year Award that she received on
Nov. 7. The award her hard work,
caring and concern for the students
that she serves.
PHOTO BY LORRAINE GLOWCZAK
In these years she has thoughtfully prepared appropriate modification of traditional PE activities and equipment adjustments for those with a disability so they can partake in the traditional PE classroom. She has provided these services with genuine caring and concern, all the while putting the student first.
Turkington was recognized for
her nurturing approach to students on Sunday, Nov. 7 when she was honored with the
annual Dr. Richard H. Bartlett Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Between an anonymous recommendation
for her efforts, along with a letter of endorsement by Principal Dr. Kyle Rhoades
of Windham Primary School, Turkington was chosen as this year’s winner.
“Countless learners from our
district have benefitted from Stacey’s hard work and gentle touch,” Dr. Rhoades
said in his letter. “When observing her with children, you know they want to
work with her because of how she presents herself. Learners feel this
confidence and grow from the safe feeling created.”
Turkington said that she believes
that being physically active is imperative to a student’s overall health and it
is for this reason she puts heart and soul into her work – and in the students,
she works alongside.
“Running from school to
school can take its toll and I must admit that there are challenging days,” Turkington
said. “But it is the passion that keeps me going – that and the love for the
kids. What I love the most about my job is that I have the pleasure of working
with students from primary school to post-graduation.
“I get to work with most students from the age of 5 and watch them grow until the age of 21 when they age out of the program,” she said. “It is an honor to work with these students and it is the most rewarding job ever.” <