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Advocate for education and sport joins PD staff

The ATA’s newest staff officer brings a professional passion for physical education and sports to her role in the Professional Development program area.

Joining Barnett House staff on Jan. 25, Stacey Hannay most recently served as the assistant principal of Avalon School in Edmonton.

Hannay’s passion for physical education and sport is evident in her involvement with the ATA’s Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC). She has contributed significantly to curriculum development in this area, receiving recognition for her work and accomplishments in the field of sports. She said this background will inform her work at the ATA.

“My sporting career has built the needed persistence and commitment to accomplishing not only team/group goals but individual ones,” Hannay said. “Sports have taught me the valued lesson of teamwork and collaboration in the accomplishment of a common objective.”

Hannay also comes with a wealth of other experience. Her background includes roles as a district consultant and teacher at Kate Chegwin School and École Kenilworth School. Notably, she also worked with the Kitaskinaw Education Authority on the Maskêkosihk Cree Nation and the Snsisyustn Education Authority serving the West Bank First Nation in West Kelowna, B.C.

Hannay is a proud Franco-Albertan, and her proficiency in French will help the Association in its ongoing efforts to enhance services for its francophone members and community. A recent doctoral degree from the University of Alberta highlights her commitment to advancing education in her chosen field. Prior to her doctorate, she earned a master’s degree in education from McGill University in Montréal, and degrees in physical education and sports studies and education from the University of Alberta.

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Four more things about Stacey

What are you most excited about for your new role at the ATA?

Understanding a different spoke of the educational wheel, looking to build capacity and sustainability within the profession of teaching and learning through quality professional development.

What advice would you give to a first-year teacher?

Pedagogical practices matter in today’s tapestry of school culture. It is not always the curricular outcomes that drive engagement, and the hardest work of a best-practice teacher is to stay relevant with lesson planning, delivering and assessment.

What is the greatest life lesson teaching has taught you?

There are many rhizomatic ways to reach an end goal, and while all people are unique, it is through listening to the stories of those around you that you understand that learning styles are equally unique.

Favourite song to put a smile on your face?

The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead