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Yellowknife junior kindergarten teacher receives Prime Minister's Award

Junior kindergarten teacher Jennifer Kravitz is being given the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education for her work at N. J. MacPherson School, according to a Monday news release.

Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Kravitz assists a group of hungry students get their snacks before recess.
NNSL file photo

Kravitz joins 70 other Canadian educators who are receiving the highest honour in teaching across three categories out of 246 nominations. Recipients show "their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life."

Kravitz is recognized for helping children learn and grow, even when they’re having a bad day, stated the federal awards website.

Of note was her take on group activities including "a whole day of pirate-themed activities resulted from children building a pirate ship out of a box; engaging learning centres give children their choice of activities."

"Teachers are educators, coaches, caretakers, mentors, and number-one fans," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the release. "Every day, they strengthen communities across our country, and this year, they have been working even harder to ensure that no student is left behind during the Covid-19 pandemic. I congratulate today’s award recipients as some of the many educators whose dedication, investments, and sacrifices are making a difference."

Kravitz is being recognized alongside Kim Ivanko at École Boréale in Hay River with a national Certificate of Excellence in Teaching and Carolyn Matthews at Paul William Kaeser High School in Fort Smith with a regional Certificate of Achievement in Teaching.

Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open and will be accepted until January 2021.