In co-operation with its Provincial and Territorial Affiliates, the Canadian Music Educators’ Association seeks to recognize those who advance music education in any Canadian province, through building community or establishing significant collaborative efforts, with the CMEA/Acme Builders Award.
The NLTA Music Special Interest Council is pleased to present the 2017 Builders Award for Newfoundland & Labrador to Sarah Comerford.
Sarah Comerford currently teaches instrumental music and social studies at Macdonald Drive Junior High in St. John’s. She has received undergraduate degrees in music and music education and holds a masters degree in instrumental conducting from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Active in the music community, Sarah has served on various music festival committees, is Past- President of the NLTA Music Special Interest Council, and performs with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Lady Cove Women’s Choir.
The CMEA/Acme Builders Award is presented annually to a music educator who brings honour to the profession by demonstrating one or more of the following:
- Building a more unified community of music educators;
- Raising the profile of the value of music education in Canada;
- Making a significant contribution to inter-provincial or national initiatives in music education;
- Establishing sustainable collaborative initiatives in music education; and,
- Developing mentorship initiatives for newer and/or pre-service music educators.
Throughout her career thus far, Sarah has worked extremely hard to develop and build the music program not only for her school but for our province. She regularly acts as a cooperating teacher for interns from Memorial University, works tirelessly to find innovative ways to engage students, is a successful grant applicant for building the instrument inventory at her school and regularly presents professional development sessions to teachers across the province.
Elizabeth Ares, principal of Leary’s Brook Junior high writes “Sarah is the epitome of what it means to be a 'builder.' She is innovative, creative, collaborative, socially-just, flexible, hard working and dedicated. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and inspirational.”
Congratulations Ms. Comerford!
Please find attached details on submitting to the next addition of the CAP Journal. Deadline is December 15, 2017.
In their first visit to the province, Media Smarts, Canada's Center for Digital and Media Literacy, is offering a Digial Workshop in St. John's.
This session will focus on preparing new teachers to assist students in successfully and ethically navigating the digital world.
Information on the location and time of the presentation is available on the attached poster.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Biennial General Meeting of the Technology Education Special Interest Council (TESIC) of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association. Meetings and education sessions are scheduled to take place starting November 17, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Road in St. John's.
Information on education sessions available, as well as a direct link to register is accessible through the attached document.
For more information, follow TESIC on Twitter - @nltatesic
The District is always pleased when our staff members throughout the province are honoured with special recognition for their efforts. Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador highlights deserving alumni each month by showcasing their achievements and providing some further details on what makes the individual unique and inspiring. For September, 2017, that alumnus is Carbonear Collegiate's Edward Jarvis, who marks his 27th year teaching this year.
To read the article and learn more about Mr. Jarvis background as well as details on Memorial's Alumnus of the Month program, visit the article here.