Kinkora teacher goes the ‘extra mile’

Amber Nicholson
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Somerset Elementary Grade 2 teacher Fran Albrecht, centre, receives a congratulatory hug after being awarded with the P.E.I. Home and School Federation 2011 Extra Mile Award for the Western School Board on Thursday. Also congratulating Albrecht is Somserset Home and School Federation president Donna MacLeod, right.

KINKORA - It was an exciting morning for students and staff at Somerset Elementary in Kinkora on Thursday as Grade 2 teacher Fran Albrecht was awarded with the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation 2011 Extra Mile Award for the western region.

"This is a total surprise. It has been my pleasure and my love to be here every day. This award is for all of us together, it's a school celebration," Albrecht told Somerset students at the award presentation assembly held in the school's gymnasium. "This really means a lot. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart."

The Extra Mile Award recognizes a teacher or staff personnel who exemplifies going above and beyond what is required of them. Two recipients are awarded each year - one from the western region and one from the eastern. The award was first presented during the 2004-05 school year and has become a highlight of Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week ever since.

P.E.I. Home and School Federation President Owen Parkhouse visited Somerset to present Albrecht with the award.

"All staff members in a school have a huge impact on our children's lives, and deserve our appreciation and recognition," said Parkhouse.

Albrecht's nomination described her as a "gentle, caring and creative person who leaves a lasting impression on each of the students who experience her class."

She is widely known by students as the hands-on learning teacher, often planning activities such as maple tree tapping and beehive watching. 

Somerset Principal Derik Arsenault views the school's breakfast program as one of Albrecht's greatest accomplishments.

"Her and her husband basically took the breakfast program over and it is their mission to make sure the kids are fed and have full bellies and are ready to go to class every morning," shared Arsenault. "She took that upon herself to do that for the school."

Several students, parents and staff wrote letters of support to accompany Albrecht's nomination. One Somerset student wrote in their nomination, "She's just so nice, just like a Grammy."

Albrecht is the first Somerset staff member to receive the Extra Mile Award although she is the third from Kinkora. Former Kinkora recipients are Kevin Stewart and Bonnie Rogerson, both of Kinkora Regional High School.

Organizations: Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation, P.E.I. Home and School

Geographic location: Kinkora, Somerset

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  • supporter
    February 18, 2011 - 10:45

    Congratulations Mrs. Albrecht. A well deserved recognition for years of service to your students. Its more than a job to you, its a passion, its a reflection of who you are. Your students have loved you and their parents have respected you. Happy retirement.....

  • Way to go
    February 18, 2011 - 06:27

    Way to go and kudos to this teacher for loving her job because i have witnessed teachers who are in it just for the money. However I also want to say please don't forget about the Educational assisstants (formerly TA's) who make a difference and often go WAY beyond the call of duty. I have seen some take childrens clothes home to be washed, find students in the school snow suits when their family cant afford them or the parents just dont care., bring them lunch when they knew they would have anything( thank goodness most schools have programs to provide this now) so please. teachers do a great job. But dont forget the others in the school that make it work.