Fraser-Cascade school superintendent receives award

Karen Nelson recognized by peers for her education advocacy

Dr. Karen Nelson

Dr. Karen Nelson

Dr. Karen Nelson, superintendent for the Fraser-Cascade school district, has been recognized for her contribution to education locally and across the province.

She was presented with the Education Advocate Award for 2013 from the Association of BC Deans of Education at the annual B.C. Teacher Education Roundtable Conference at Trinity Western University earlier this month.  Nelson said she’s humbled to receive this recognition from peers.

“To be nominated by my colleagues, and supported by the board chair, Ron Johnstone, the previous superintendent, Dr. Wes Neumeier, and the community services manager (MCFD), Martin Bartel, through letters of reference is indeed an honour,” she added.

“I have had the privilege of working with many dedicated and talented staff members in the area of special education and Aboriginal education for many years. It is my belief that no one ever receives an award in isolation and I share it with each of these individuals as well as the students who have enriched my life throughout my career.”

The faculty of UFV’s teacher education program nominated Nelson for the award in recognition of her continuing support of teacher education.

They said her dedication “ensures that future teachers, not just in the Fraser-Cascade school district but in B.C. as a whole, are prepared to meet the unique needs of diverse communities.”

The faculty also pointed out that many of Nelson’s handbooks and strategies for teaching have been recognized by educational partners in B.C. as best practices.

Speaking on behalf of the Fraser-Cascade board of education, Johnstone echoed their comments.

“Karen is an amazing leader who cares deeply about the well being and success of every student, every staff member and every family that she serves,” he said.

Nelson received a plaque and a cheque for $100, which she said she’ll be donating to BC Children’s Hospital “so that together we can continue to support the life chances of our most vulnerable children.”