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Local teacher nominated as the province's best first-year teacher

Athabasca Delta teacher Brittney Lyon has been nominated by the Northland School Division for the 2022 Edwin Parr Teacher Award, which recognizes Alberta's best first-year teachers. Photo courtesy of Northland School Division.

Brittney Lyon of the Northland School Division (NSD) has been nominated for the 2022 Edwin Parr Teacher Award.

The award recognizes first-year teachers that go above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to their profession.

Lyon, who teaches at Athabasca Delta Community School, called it a great honour.

“As a teacher, I never really think past my classroom. I come in everyday just to see how I can grow their minds and how I can help them. Being selected for this award is a great honor and I hope to make my students and school proud.”

Local leaders offered their thanks to Lyon for her contributions to the NSD.

“As a first-year teacher, Brittney’s dedication for working with children is highly evident,” Said Robin Guild, NSD Board Chair. “We appreciate the passion and effort she puts in to support student success.”

Athabasca Delta teacher Brittney Lyon with students at Athabasca Delta Community School in Wood Buffalo. Photo courtesy of Northland School Division.


Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy Spencer-Poitras, called her teaching style open-minded and creative.

“She is able to adjust or adapt her teaching style to ensure all students are engaged in the learning activities. Brittney has created a learning environment where students can be seen smiling and are excited to learn.”

Lyon earned her Bachelor of Education in General Elementary from the University of Alberta.

She said she always dreamed of becoming a grade five teacher, and Northland gave her that opportunity.

Lyon will be recognized at the NSD’s Long Service Awards on June 16, 2022, and again at the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone One Luncheon in the fall of 2022.

ASBA honours outstanding first-year teachers from each of the six zones represented across Alberta.