Joy Brown pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tion, mu­sic

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“There’s not a day that’s the same, and you just walk in through the door in the morn­ing with the at­ti­tude, ‘OK, what are we go­ing to learn to­day.’ They’re a fan­tas­tic group of chil­dren, and I don’t say that be­cause I’m the prin­ci­pal of the school. I say that be­cause that’s the way it is.”

Brown is a self-de­scribed pos­i­tive thinker, and is also well known for her love of mu­sic. She is an ac­com­plished choral di­rec­tor, and also plays pi­ano.

Selec­tion process

Prin­ci­pals are nom­i­nated by their peers, school staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers in ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory. Nom­i­na­tions are re­viewed and fi­nal win­ners se­lected on a rep­re­sen­ta­tion-by-pop­u­la­tion ba­sis by a na­tional selec­tion com­mit­tee made up of a dis­tin­guished group of Cana­dian ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­nity and pri­vate sec­tor lead­ers.

Can­di­dates are chosen us­ing the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: char­ac­ter­is­tics of out­stand­ing prin­ci­pals; ev­i­dence of part­ner­ships with par­ents and com­mu­nity; a per­sonal story il­lus­trat­ing suc­cess­ful change and in­no­va­tion that re­sulted in im­proved stu­dent achieve­ment; and let­ters of sup­port.

“Be­hind ev­ery great school is a great prin­ci­pal who is not only an out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tor but an ex­cel­lent man­ager and leader,” said Akela Peo­ples, pres­i­dent and CEO of The Learn­ing Part­ner­ship.

“These school CEOs com­mu­ni­cate com­pelling vi­sions, en­gage their com­mu­ni­ties, men­tor their staff and, most im­por­tantly, cre­ate safe and nur­tur­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments for stu­dents. We are thrilled to be rec­og­niz­ing these in­di­vid­u­als as ex­am­ples of ex­cel­lence in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.” We­blink: www.the­learn­ing­part­ner­ship.ca.

With files from The Telegram

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