Nova Scotia Teachers Union
Date June 21, 2016
Valley Teacher Wins 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Teaching Award
Theresa MacGregor Pelley, an English, Canadian Families, Healthy Living and Mi’kmaq Studies teacher at Horton High School in Wolfville, Nova Scotia is the 2016 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Teaching Award. In a ceremony held today at Government House, Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented Theresa MacGregor Pelley with her award,a specially designed Nova Scotian Crystal sculpture and a framed certificate to recognize this achievement.
“Teachers are leaders in our communities who generously give their time, energy and skills to help make our province (Nova Scotia) a vibrant and caring place to live,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “It is my great honour to recognize Ms. Theresa Mac Gregor Pelley, whose commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where every student is valued for who they are has made a profound difference in the lives of many.”
Pelley has been teaching at Horton High School, in the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, for five years, teaching a variety of subjects including initiating the school’s offering of Mi’kmaq Studies. In a career that spans 35 years, Pelley was a music educator for 25 years, has been with the AVRSB for 20 years, and has taught at all levels, including teaching assignments at West Kings High School, Coldbrook and District School, and Hantsport School.
She is an active advocate for all of her students with a strong sense of social justice, which she brings to her classroom, school and community. She knows the importance of supporting and building up her students in any way she can so they can become successful.
In thinking about her teaching career, Theresa MacGregor is reminded of a quote by science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein – “When one teaches, two learn.”
“My students have taught me the greatest lessons in how to teach them. They have taught me that sometimes the breakfast program is in fact the supper program,” she says. “They have taught me that sometimes poverty and circumstances are so overwhelming that even when they want to learn they can’t. They have taught me that support and love can go a long way to enhance learning. My teaching practice continues to be shaped by what I learn from my students.”
“Theresa embodies this award,” said Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Shelley Morse. “Through her devotion to her students-especially those who have difficult lives, her support as a mentor and leader in encouraging others to improve their teaching practice, and her community work in promoting the arts -she is an inspiration to all. She is a true credit to her profession, an outstanding example of the important work teachers do every day.”
An Annapolis Valley native, Theresa MacGregor received her B.A. in Music and B.Ed from Dalhousie University, and a Master’s of Education for Acadia University.
The Clan Gregor Society Canada Chapter recognizes Theresa MacGregor Pelley and congratulates her for receiving this meaningful honour.