By Jasmine Franklin
You could say this Edwin Parr nominee for Outstanding First Year Teachers is in fact, outstanding, or as his principal describes — he just has the “with-it-ness.”
Adam Troitsky, 25, teaches grades 7 to 9 math, science and physical education at Mecca Glen School. In his first year of his career at the school, he has already been selected Wolf Creek’s nominee for the prestigious award.
“We look for a new teacher’s ability to establish relationships with students and from what I saw with him was that it comes very naturally,” said Mecca Glen principal Evie Van Scheik. “He has the with-it-ness awareness — he sees things that other teachers might miss, be it a child in the corner one day or some one acting up. He goes that extra mile to know who those kids are and what they care about.”
Troitsky said the teaching experience has been both rewarding and challenging and that he enjoys working with kids more than anything.
“You have to work to figure out what will work for the children you have,” Troitsky said. “Hopefully that will make them like their material more and makes it easier to establish relationships with them. The most rewarding part of this job has been interacting daily with the students and staff, with the junior high kids every day you see something new you couldn’t have imagine,” he laughed.
The Edwin Parr Award goes out annually to one first year teacher in each of the six zones of Alberta School Boards’ Association (ASBA). The nominees demonstrate excellence in teaching and recipients of the award are recognized at the ASBA fall general meeting.
“Adam has had an outstanding first year of teaching,” said Kurt Sacher, assistant superintendent of Wolf Creek. “He has designed an engaging learning environment for all of his students and he supports this positive classroom culture by utilizing his natural ability to forge relationships.”