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I would like to begin by saying thank you to my Board or Directors for all their dedicated hours to improving education in Nova Scotia for all families.

The past year was very challenging for families in Nova Scotia with many changes to education and moving forward how education will look.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will continue to work through the school year to ensure the changes taking effect will have as little disruption to students as possible.

Minister Casey and the Department are focused to ensure the changes over the next five years improve the education system in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Action Plan on Education is expected to renew, rebuild, and refocus the system. The benefits will be felt by students and their families as well as teachers, support staff, and will effect university education and the business communities. The changes are a huge step!

Selena Davidson Eno, a physical education and core French teacher at Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay, is the 2015 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Teaching Award. In a ceremony held today at Government House, Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented Davidson Eno with her award, a specially designed Nova Scotian Crystal sculpture and a framed certificate to recognize this achievement.

“Teachers have a profound influence on the lives of young people and the wider community,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “It is my privilege to recognize Ms. Davidson Eno’s extraordinary commitment to the youth of our province and to the teaching profession as a whole.”

Selena Davidson Eno has been teaching at Bayview Community School, in the South Shore Regional School Board, for 11 years. She has taught all levels, Primary to Grade 12, in a career that spans 17 years. She has taught many subjects such as core French, healthy living and art, but teaching physical education is her true passion. She values the importance of extra-curricular activities for all students and takes pride in getting them involved in athletics as well as other physical activities to develop the whole child.

Selena Davidson Eno, a physical education and core French teacher at Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay, is the 2015 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Teaching Award. In a ceremony held today at Government House, Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented Davidson Eno with her award, a specially designed Nova Scotian Crystal sculpture and a framed certificate to recognize this achievement.

“Teachers have a profound influence on the lives of young people and the wider community,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “It is my privilege to recognize Ms. Davidson Eno’s extraordinary commitment to the youth of our province and to the teaching profession as a whole.”

Students will spend more time on literacy and math in the classroom and less time writing standardized tests under the province's new plan for education.

The action plan also calls for a stronger system of evaluating teachers and asks the auditor general to investigate the efficiency of school boards.

The changes were announced Thursday as Education Minister Karen Casey delivered her response to the report of the Minister's Panel on Education.