J.H. Sissons principal awarded national accolade
Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 5:31 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - A local school principal is getting national recognition for his job in steering hundreds of students and parents along the path of education.
The president of the Northwest Territories' Teachers' Association, David Reid, said there's a good reason Bennett was nominated by the staff at his school.
“I know Paul fairly well and I have to agree with the staff," he said. "He does work exceptionally hard for his school and promoting it."
Bennett talked about what it takes to maintain a healthy learning curve for the French Immersion school, which accommodates 206 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 5.
"Bringing these ideas in, you've got to bring them down first of all to the children and to have them use this language and not just in the classroom but in the playground, on the weekends, wherever they might be and teaching them that language," he said. "The approach to also get out and meet with our parents and talk with our parents and be open and frank and that always brings strength to a school."
Bennett will travel to Toronto in February to accept the award, along with 31 other principals in Canada.
He said he's looking forward to learning from others who share his passion for education.
Last year, Angela James at the K'alemi Dene School won the Outstanding Principal award for the NWT.
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