Kolton Krein 2020 Edwin Parr nominee

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Edwin Parr Award: Every school board has excellent first year teachers, teachers who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding efforts by being nominated for the Alberta School Boards Association’s (ASBA) Edwin Parr Teacher Award. Kolton Krein is the MHPSD nominee for the Southern Alberta Edwin Parr Teacher Award. 

Kolton is a teacher at Medicine Hat High School. Teaches in the science department see collaboration as a fundamental philosophy and Kolton is grateful to be working shoulder to shoulder with exceptional mentors. Kolton is currently researching the impact of effective questioning on critical thinking, engagement and differentiation in science education. He has implemented inquiry based learning as a structure to enhance critical thinking and increase student engagement in his classes.  He continues to research, review and apply strategies in his classes, always aiming to develop a clear pathway for learning. His lessons consider the many variables that exist in the classroom, consistently differentiating instruction to meet the diverse needs of students.

Kolton is the kind of teacher who builds relationships effortlessly, and when it doesn’t come naturally, he works hard to build a connection. Inside the classroom he greets his students each day, and prides himself on offering a learning environment that is inclusive and safe; encouraging students to get excited about school and have fun while doing it. Respect is an essential component of his character and students recognize that. The relationships that he builds are based on genuine care and consideration; approaching each student wholeheartedly. Kolton approaches his teaching practise with an open mind and heart; he is curious, determined and committed to his students.

 As a member of the mohawks football team coaching staff, he recognizes the value of being involved outside of the classroom as a coach and mentor. Kolton brings a contagious enthusiasm to the badminton program, even though he knew nothing about the sport when he agreed to start coaching.

Kolton demonstrates professionalism each day and takes the responsibility of teaching and caring for students seriously. Kolton sees teaching as a great privilege. He is an advocate for all students and is committed to the duties that come along with being an adult who is in charge of shaping student lives.

Get to know Kolton in this incredible video that was created by the Medicine Hat High School digital arts program under the leadership of teacher Allison Knodel. 

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