HRH Wel­comes New Teacher

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On Novem­ber 5, the stu­dents, staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers wel­comed a new teacher to their school: Ms. Heather Vande Vo­orde.

Ms. Vande Vo­orde is a grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of Al­berta in 2009 and has been teach­ing for the past nine years. She spent the ma­jor­ity of these years teach­ing on a Hut­terite Colony near Edger­ton.

“I moved to Ed­son back in June of this year to be closer to my fam­ily,” says Vande Vo­orde who orig­i­nates from Dray­ton Val­ley. “I’ve been sub­sti­tute teach­ing in the area since I moved here, and I must say that this school has been by far the most wel­com­ing and friendly en­vi­ron­ment I’ve ever been a part of.”

Vande Vo­orde grad­u­ated from the U of A with a ma­jor in El­e­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­iz­ing in Mid­dle Years, and mi­nors in Home Eco­nom­ics and Ed­u­ca­tion Psy­chol­ogy.

“This back­ground is what re­ally made Ms. Vande Vo­orde our top choice for the po­si­tion,” says Prin­ci­pal Bill McGowan. “We were look­ing for some­one to play an in­tri­cate role in our In­clu­sive Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram. With her ex­pe­ri­ence we be­lieve that Ms. Vande Vo­orde is the right per­son for the job.”

This year, Vande Vo­orde will be seen teach­ing English 10-2, English and Science for the grade 9 Lifeskills stu­dents, and Read­ing En­hance­ments 7, 8, and 9.

Thus far Vande Vo­orde has been re­ally im­pressed with the school en­vi­ron­ment at Holy Redeemer. “It feels like home,” she says. “Ev­ery­one is so wel­com­ing that I feel like I re­ally be­long here.”

When asked if she will be help­ing to run or or­ga­nize any ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at the school, Vande Vo­orde says she will help­ing out in some way once she gets set­tled in her new role. “I want to be sure I’m mak­ing the right con­nec­tions teach­ing my classes and hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact within the In­clu­sive Ed Pro­gram. Once I’m con­fi­dent there, I’ll cer­tainly be help­ing wher­ever the school needs it.”

Out­side of school, Vande Vo­orde is in­ter­ested in cro­chet­ing, card mak­ing, wood craft­ing, and many other craft­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. On top of that, she is also pre­par­ing a wed­ding as she is get­ting mar­ried next sum­mer.

“It’s cer­tainly a busy time,” she says. “But I hope that things work out here and that Ed­son can be by home for many years to come. The stu­dents and staff at Holy Redeemer are truly amaz­ing and I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a great school year.”

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion on this ar­ti­cle please feel free to con­tact the school at 780-723-7437, visit our web­site at holyre­deemer­high.ca or join our Facebook page: “Holy Redeemer High School” or our Twitter ac­count: @holyre­deemer­hig.

The stu­dents, staff and school com­mu­nity from Holy Redeemer would like to wel­come the new­est mem­ber of the teach­ing staff, Ms. Heather Vande Vo­orde. Ms. Vande Vo­orde will be teach­ing high school English, ju­nior high Lifeskills, and the school Read­ing Pro­gram.

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