Archived — Susan Moleski

Year: 2003 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Banff Elementary School
Box 748
Banff, Alberta T1L 1K1

Principal: Glenn Nelson
School Telephone: 403-762-4465
School Fax: 403-762-4036
School email: gnelson@crsd.ab.ca
School website: www.crsd.ab.ca/bes
Teacher Email: smoleski@crsd.ab.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 6/Math, science, social studies, language arts, computers, phys ed, health, music

Teaching approach:

All children are capable of excellence and deserving of excellence.

Every moment is critical because it impacts the future decision-makers and stewards of our society and our world.

Outstanding achievements:

Ms. Moleski develops individual plans and goals to meet the needs of every learner, regardless of their placement or ability. She is committed to mentoring and supporting children through the "unwritten curriculum" - lessons which are part of the school day. Students learn to be risk-takers and embrace new learning opportunities through a supportive and safe learning environment.

She spends time, effort and her own resources in learning more about her field. She implements teaching strategies and designs units based on research, dialogue with professionals, intuition and knowledge of her students, as well as integrates technology into learning.

Her lessons connect to life in the local community, the country and global village. One of Moleski's classes presented a brief to city council, requesting a road sign that identifies Banff National Park as a world heritage site.

Ms. Moleski developed the Naturalist-in-Residence program, which involved teaming a naturalist with a classroom teacher to deliver the Alberta science curriculum outdoors. She also developed the Mountains as Water Towers international conference and the international Wolf Congress.

In Praise Of:

"If there was ever a Master or Lead Teacher, Sue is it! Encompassing many different teaching strategies and doctrines is not an easy task for professional educators. Sue does this without hesitation." - Principal

"Ms. Moleski has very high academic expectations for her students but it is obvious that her holistic approach includes their physical, emotional and social development. All this happens in a creative environment." - Canadian Rockies School Division

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