FCSS program coordinator receives Alberta School Board Association “Friends of Education” award

Crystal Marschner, right, and Routhier teacher Laura Wuth on receiving their Alberta School Board Association awards.

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

FCSS, Youth Program Coordinator, Crystal Marschner received an Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) “Friends of Education” award at ASBA awards presentation in Peace River on September 12.

Taryn Aucoin, a Grade 1 teacher at Routhier School nominated Marschner for the award and the High Prairie School Division endorsed the nomination.

The ASBA presents the award to recognize “individuals or organizations who are demonstrably committed to improving education for Alberta students and who have made a significant contribution to education in Alberta.”

Marschner, received the High Prairie School Division nomination in acknowledgment of how fully she exemplifies the mandate and values of FCSS and for the “Roots of Empathy” program at Routhier School where she has shown her capacity to communicate clearly and make parents and students feel comfortable and receptive to the program.

The HPSD also recognized Marschner’s current contribution, teaching “Beyond the Hurt” a bullying/problem solving program with a focus on Grade 5 students.

Prior to working with FCSS, Marschner, the mother of three boys, worked with Parent Link Center in her home town of Slave Lake for five years and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club also in Slave Lake.

On receiving the Friends of Education award, Marschner acknowledged that it was proud to receive the distinction.

“Every year, each of the schools in the High Prairie School nominates one person for this award and out of all the school in HPSD I was the one who was chosen for this year,” says Marschner. “It is a huge honour.”

Routhier School teacher, Laura Wuth also received the ASBA Edwin Parr “First-year teacher” award.


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