This year, March 14-18 has been designated as Substitute Teachers' Appreciation Week by the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA).
"Every day substitute teachers provide professional service in schools throughout Alberta. The role of the substitute teacher may be different from that of the regular teacher in some respects, but it is equally demanding, equally essential and equally professional. Without substitute teachers, the education of all students in our school system would take a giant step backward." – ATA
PWSD currently employs approximately 230 substitute teachers who provide the flexibility required to accommodate the needs presented by 32 schools across a vast geographical area. They play a significant role in creating an educational environment that enables all students to achieve their potential. This week, trustees, administrators, teachers, school staff, students and parents are encouraged to express thanks to substitute teachers for the valuable service they provide.