Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
55 Edgevalley Circle Northwest
Calgary AB T3A 4X1
Principal: Victoria Barlow
School Tel.: 403–777–6340
School Fax: 403–777–6342
School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subjects and grades taught Art specialist for kindergarten to grade 6
Prepare to be awed when you walk into Edgemont School. With artwork adorning walls, or displayed proudly in bookcases, there's always something new for parents and visitors to gawk at. Rita Gainer finds creative ways for her students to express themselves, draw on prior knowledge and learn at the same time. But it's by reaching out beyond the school, that Ms. Gainer makes the most impact, creating countless opportunities for the entire school to get together, show off their artistic talents and make a difference in the community.
- Each year, Ms. Gainer gets students involved in the Royal Tyrell Museum Prehistoric Poster Contest. Almost the entire school body participates, and the event has become an annual tradition in the school. KSPS Television donated $1500 worth of books to the school library in recognition of this involvement.
- Ms. Gainer organizes a school art auction during parent-teacher interviews, which gives students the opportunity to guide their parents through the displays, discuss their creations and make connections to what they learned in other subjects. Parents and community members are invited to 'purchase' works, and the money goes to various humanitarian organizations.
- When Ms. Gainer's kindergarten students were learning to deconstruct numbers from one to ten using plasticine animals, she used the opportunity to team up with some other teachers to help them create an animation piece that represented each number. The project can be viewed at: http://projects.cbe.ab.ca/edgemont/Kindergarten/The_Movie.html
"[Rita's] passion is teaching children and art. When you see Rita teaching there is a calmness and electricity in the classroom as students are fully engulfed in her lessons."
"I am convinced that Rita Gainer has had a profound influence on the practice of every teacher with whom she has worked and I know for a fact that she has been a positive force in the lives of each of the thousands of children who have been fortunate enough to have had her as their art teacher."
Parent of former student and current colleague
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