Michelle Cyrzan is helping Airdrie children reach their full potential.

The former Grade 1 French immersion teacher has been the learning support teacher and literacy coach at École Edwards Elementary School for four years.

Her role involves teaching small-group literacy instruction to students who require extra reading support as well as working with teachers to provide them with tools and resources to help each student succeed.

“It’s gratifying to work with a student who is a non-reader or struggling reader, and after working collaboratively with their teacher, see them learn to read, understand what they have read, and have an enjoyment of reading,” she says.

In addition to her work with students, Cyrzan volunteers for the school’s Terry Fox Run and she and her daughters donate their time to Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Centre in Crossfield.

“Michelle is always contributing to conversation in a positive and caring way with her colleagues and encourages all students equally as she believes that everyone can achieve success,” says Carolane Contant, Cyrzan’s colleague and nominator.