Laura Litster

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What the nominator said:

Mrs. Litster positively affects the lives of every student she meets, whether it is something small and simple such as being a mentor, helping them cope with struggles and dilemmas or guiding them to seek their goals in school. She seeks to ensure her students reach their potential by guiding them to the direction where she envisions their growth and success. As she recalls “My students success is as much as my success as a teacher”. She took the initiative coaching Grade 8s to perform parent–student interviews (she wanted to revamp the process by allowing students to perform their own interviews). Students loved the idea—to present their own class progress by speaking to parents about it.

Nowadays, it’s rare to find a teacher who guides their students to their success in Grade 8; students speak so highly of her. She excels in mentoring them to ensure their high school transition is seamless. Students are in “wow” mode with Mrs. Litster — they all speak highly of her teaching, as an inspirational motivator, mentor and goal-seeker to our next generation of leaders.

If you could have any person, dead or alive, fictional or real, come in and speak with your class, who would that be? Why?:

Ellen DeGeneres. She teaches that leading a life of positivity and kindness will leave a great mark on all those that we encounter. And everyone needs a great dance moment!

If you win, how will you allocate the Teacher Awards prize money?:

I would love to have more technology in my classroom and increase my classroom library. We also need a really good set of compasses.

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