Prin­ci­pal named for Sum­mer­land school

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN - By Okana­gan Week­end Staff

Unisus Schools in Sum­mer­land has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Tosca Killoran as se­nior school prin­ci­pal.

The schools com­bine a prekinder­garten to Grade 7 ju­nior school and a Grade 8-12 se­nior school on the same cam­pus.

Noted for her in­no­va­tor ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion, Killoran will as­sume her du­ties full time in July. Mean­while, she is com­plet­ing a doc­tor­ate in ed­u­ca­tion from East Carolina Uni­ver­sity while start­ing to pick up the reins of lead­er­ship at Unisus.

“It was a joy to find Unisus — a new global-minded school that is a pi­o­neer in in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion. And I am pleased to be returning to my home coun­try,” said Killoran.

She be­lieves that schools have the power to de­velop cre­ative and crit­i­cal think­ing skills, global ci­ti­zen­ship and to cre­ate the next gen­er­a­tion of so­cial en­trepreneurs.

“I be­lieve our stu­dents can ex­po­nen­tially make an im­pact on en­vi­ron­men­tal, hu­man­i­tar­ian and so­ci­etal is­sues,” she said.

Over the past two decades, Killoran has been teach­ing at In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate schools in Europe and Asia, most re­cently in Shen­zhen, China.

A stu­dent-cen­tred, in­quiry-based ed­u­ca­tional model, Unisus be­came a can­di­date school for the IB pri­mary years program and is pur­su­ing au­tho­riza­tion to be­come an IB world school.

An Amazon best­selling au­thor, Killoran’s 11 chil­dren’s books fo­cus on char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion, ser­vice learn­ing and the IB learner pro­file. In 2012, Killoran co-founded ED-uca­tion Pub­lish­ing and in 2011 through 2014 es­tab­lished [email protected] Last year, she founded [email protected]­shan and the pre­vi­ous year de­vel­oped, pro­grammed and fa­cil­i­tated learn­ing ex­changes among in­ter­na­tional schools.

Killoran acts as an EDTech con­sul­tant to in­ter­na­tional schools and is a fre­quent pre­sen­ter and key­note speaker at con­fer­ences and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment ses­sions.

Unisus’s mission is to foster con­fi­dent, cre­ative, global-minded thinkers in an en­vi­ron­ment of col­lab­o­ra­tion and good­ness.

Unisus opened its doors in Septem­ber 2018 to ju­nior kinder­garten through Grade 6 pupils. On com­ple­tion this spring of a 100-bed dor­mi­tory, the school will also wel­come weekly board­ing stu­dents through Grade 10 from across the prov­ince, coun­try and world for the 2019-2020 aca­demic year.


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