Teacher Recognition

Recognize a Teacher You Know!

We know that teachers do great things! Tell us about a University of Alberta graduate who is an amazing educator and we’ll send them a special note of recognition. Tell us what makes them noteworthy, or tell a story of the impact they have had.

Click the button below to learn more about the Alumni Honour Roll and nominate a teacher!

Applause for Teachers Contest

The Faculty of Education recognizes educators have experienced layers of challenges over the past two years. Adapting to online learning, changes in in-person classrooms and all the hurdles of the pandemic brought out creativity, resilience and reinforced the commitment to students. We applaud you!

As a small gesture of recognition, we are offering our Applause for Teachers Contest.

Alumni Stories


New resources aim to help Alberta teachers, students build hope during pandemic

U of A education researchers team up with Edmonton teachers to create activities meant to foster hope and resilience in challenging times.


PhD student explores how to help young immigrants reach post-secondary education

Arts-based research project will help young Syrian women articulate the challenges they face—and the strengths and supports they’ve found.


Distinguished Alumni Award recipient bolstered education in the North

Karen Barnes helped turn a northern college into the degree-granting Yukon University

Education Alumni Q&A

We asked Faculty of Education alumni to reflect on their teacher journeys, offer advice to their younger selves, and salute the educators who had an impact on them professionally and personally. Read the stories below to see what they told us.

Who would you thank or give a shout-out for inspiring you?

Class Notes

Where are you now? What's new? What are you doing? Share your news with us, and we will include your update in the class notes section of illuminate.

Email your note to: education.alumni@ualberta.ca


Video Messages for Teachers

Dean Jennifer Tupper

Kayla Atkey ('11 BA, '14 MPH)

Bob de Frece ('69 BSc, '71 DipEd, '75 BEd)

Allison Graham (Education Student)


Resources for Teachers

Strengths, Hope, and Resourcefulness for School Mental Health

The Strengths Hope and Resourcefulness Program for School Mental Health (SHARP-SMH) helps build up students and teachers by bringing hope into the classroom. Using positive psychology and focusing on strengths, our team of researchers, teachers, and students has developed activities that teach and grow hope. On this website, you’ll find lessons and activities for a variety of grades to bring positivity into your classroom that you can easily incorporate into your lesson plan.

Professional Learning

As educators, you work hard to maintain the currency of your professional practice. We offer a variety of streams to continue your learning credentials, including certificates in school leadership, and teaching students with complex communications needs.

Learn more about professional learning opportunities here.

Educational Resource Hub

The Faculty of Education's researchers continually develop resources for use in classrooms and other pedagogical contexts, covering a vast range of subject areas.

View a collection of our resources here.