The art of language
Marystown native receives provincial Canadian Parents for French award
Kia Power said her passion for the French language shines through to her students.
The Marystown native teaches the subject at Random Island Academy in Hickman’s Harbour.
“I find (the students) feed off of my love for the language. They get inspired by that, so it’s been really fun,” she said.
Power was presented with the teacher graduate of the year award from the provincial chapter of Canadian Parents for French (CPF-NL) June 7.
Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan, CPFNL’s honourary patron, made the presentation to Power during a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s.
Power was accompanying her class on a school trip to StPierre-Miquelon back in May when she received a call from CPF- NL executive director Francine Couture informing her she had won the award.
Power, who said she was thankful and appreciative of the award, said she was nominated by Camilla Stoodley, the French education liaison officer at Memorial University.
“She contacted me and said she had has heard a lot about me this year (and) that she wanted to nominate me for that award,” Power said.
“It was surprising, but I am extremely honoured that she would have thought of me for that award.”
Power completed a bachelor of education degree at Memorial University last August, and was on the Dean’s List for her academic excellence both in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She obtained her French studies diploma in March 2015.
Power said when she graduated from the French immersion program in Marystown, the choice to teach the language came naturally.
“I just decided to continue with it. I loved it – every aspect of it. So I figured why not teach it,” she said.
Three other individuals also received awards at the June 7 ceremony – Marie-Claude Renaud of Corner Brook for volunteer of the year, Victoria Jackman of Mount Pearl for student of the year and Tonya Bull-Kelly of Torbay for teacher of the year.