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UMFK ALUMNUS, ANDREW STICKINGS, RECEIVES

March 9, 2009

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University of Maine at Fort Kent alumnus, Andrew Stickings, recently received the “Democracy 250 Award” from the Province of Nova Scotia for his contribution in the classroom to the Province’s youth.

Stickings was presented with the award on January 14 by Diana Whalen, Member of the Legislative Assembly, representing Halifax Clayton Park, Nova Scotia.

Stickings is a 1994 graduate of UMFK, where he received a Bachelor of University Studies degree. Currently, he is a grade five teacher at Ecole Grosvenor Wentworth Park School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Democracy 250 initiative was established to recognize Nova Scotia's pioneering role in shaping democracy in Canada. MLA Whalen recognized 16 constituents with Democracy 250 Award medallions.

The “Democracy 250 Award” is a way to recognize people who go above and beyond to build their community, develop citizenship and enhance lives. Recipients exemplify what it means to be an active citizen. They make their communities a wonderful place to live and raise a family. They share with others through their work and volunteer activities.

“Andrew has taught with compassion and creativity. He motivates his students through various teaching strategies and approaches; the most popular and rewarding one to date being through the use of file-making and the production of high-quality movies,” said MLA Whalen.

Stickings grew up in the Clayton Park area and has taught in the area for 15 years. Teaching runs in the Stickings family. His father was the principal of Queen Elizabeth High School, and his brother, Tim, also is a teacher.

Andrew did his student teaching with an eighth-grade class at Madawaska Middle School and with a third-grade class at Fort Kent Elementary School when he attended UMFK.

“Fort Kent provided me with a great foundation to enter into the teaching profession and I continue to draw inspiration from my experiences there to this day. Next year will be my 16th year teaching, and I can honestly say I still love it,” says Stickings.

Parents of Stickings’ students have nothing but high praise for his style of encouraging, motivating and molding young lives. Through his guidance and encouragement, his students have created various films on history and the environment, and have even won awards for their work.

Stickings loves to travel. He learns as much as he can about various places and people, and then happily shares that knowledge with his students. In 2007, he toured the battlefields of France with a group of teachers. He particularly enjoyed sharing his experience there with his students.

In addition to his teaching in the classroom, Stickings has been both a hockey and soccer coach throughout the years. He still plays hockey with the same group of Clayton Park/Fairview friends every Saturday morning at 6 a.m.

Andrew is married to Alison, a librarian. They have two children, Ainslie, 3, and Oliver, 2.