Alberton prin­ci­pal re­ceiv­ing na­tional recog­ni­tion

Perry named one of Canada’s out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tors

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Alberton El­e­men­tary School prin­ci­pal Shanna Perry is one of 40 from across Canada be­ing hon­oured by The Learn­ing Part­ner­ship as Canada’s Out­stand­ing Prin­ci­pals of 2018. Nom­i­nated by par­ents, col­leagues and com­mu­nity mem­bers and cho­sen by a na­tional se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, Perry and her fel­low hon­ourees will be re­warded for their ac­com­plish­ments dur­ing Canada’s Out­stand­ing Prin­ci­pals gala Feb. 27 in Toronto.

“Shanna is a vi­brant, in­no­va­tive and com­pas­sion­ate ed­u­ca­tor who con­tin­ues to make a dif­fer­ence,” her ci­ta­tion re­veals.

The Learn­ing Part­ner­ship is a na­tional char­ity ded­i­cated to en­hanc­ing pub­licly-funded ed­u­ca­tion to pre­pare stu­dents for a glob­ally con­nected world. Perry, the only Prince Ed­ward Is­land prin­ci­pal to make Canada’s Top 40 list for 2018, is rec­og­nized for her com­mit­ment to build­ing re­la­tion­ships and trust, in­volv­ing staff in col­lec­tive goal set­tings to im­prove lit­er­acy and aca­demic achieve­ment at Alberton El­e­men­tary.

She is de­scribed as in­ten­tion­ally vis­i­ble, walk­ing in class­rooms and invit­ing the com­mu­nity into the school. Through Perry’s out­reach, par­ents un­der­stand the school’s goals and have a bet­ter sense of their chil­dren’s progress and what is re­quired to im­prove the qual­ity of their work. As lit­er­acy im­proved at Alberton El­e­men­tary, Perry chal­lenged her staff to im­prove math scores, and staff col­lec­tively adopted a guided ap­proach to math in­struc­tion. They tracked data and used ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ven­tion tech­niques.

Other im­prove­ments un­der watch in­clude a new play­ground and in­creased li­brary re­sources.

In join­ing the ranks of the Na­tional Academy of Canada’s Out­stand­ing Prin­ci­pals, Perry and other award re­cip­i­ents will ben­e­fit from an ex­clu­sive five­day ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship-train­ing pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment.

They will also par­tic­i­pate in The World of Work: Eq­uity and In­clu­sion, a pro­fes­sional learn­ing day hosted by CIBC, where they have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about to­day’s work­force from lead­ers in busi­ness, health and ed­u­ca­tion.


Shanna Perry, Alberton El­e­men­tary School prin­ci­pal, will re­ceive her award dur­ing a gala in Toronto on Feb. 27.

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