The art of lan­guage

Marys­town na­tive re­ceives pro­vin­cial Cana­dian Par­ents for French award

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

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.

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