Clyde River principal ‘exceptional educator’


Rebecca Hainnu, principal of Clyde River’s Quluaq School  , has been recognized by The Learning Partnership as one of 40 exceptional educators in Canada.

The national organization announced Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2018 on January 31.

Rebecca Hainnu, principal of Clyde River’s Quluaq School , is named by The Learning Partnership as one among 40 Outstanding Principals of 2018 Jan. 31.
photo courtesy The Learning Partnership

“Both as an educator and Inuk, Rebecca understands the challenges that parents/guardians face. Rebecca works with the community and elders to establish collaborative relationships and responsive practices. Drawing on her skills as a translator, Rebecca works to provide materials in Inuktitut, through Inhabit Media, to make foundational literacy programs accessible to teachers and students. Rebecca models compassion and resilience for staff and students,” states the news release.

“Her door is open and she is visible in the community, sharing her vision for improved student achievement and welcoming input and support. Rebecca is now recognized in her own community, region, territory and beyond, as a phenomenal, outstanding educator.”

Hainnu was previously recognized with a teaching excellence award in 2016 by the Nunavut Teachers’ Association.

Principals are nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, and they will be honoured at a gala Feb. 27 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ont.

“Principals are vital leaders in Canada’s education system. They ensure our schools are open and operating effectively. They work closely with teachers to inspire our students every day. They contribute to creating positive learning environments for children to thrive both in and outside of the classroom,” stated president of the organization Ron Canuel.

The winners also get to attend a five-day executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.