New school year brings new faces at Pal­liser

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Palliser Schools - BY CRAIG AL­BRECHT PAL­LISER SCHOOL DIVI­SION

Pal­liser Re­gional Schools’ lead­er­ship team will gain from some fresh per­spec­tives this school year, with four new prin­ci­pals.

Leanne Hell­man is the new prin­ci­pal at County Cen­tral High School in Vul­can. For the pre­vi­ous two years she held the po­si­tion of Head of Sec­ondary School at the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional School in Abu Dhabi, United Emi­rates.

Hell­man be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer at Fa­ther La­combe High School in Cal­gary, where she taught phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sports medicine and also coached se­nior foot­ball, rugby, vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball. She went on to Cres­cent Heights High School in Medicine Hat, where she was phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion lead teacher and later vice-prin­ci­pal. She be­lieves stu­dents and staff thrive and suc­ceed in a set­ting that pairs high ex­pec­ta­tions with a nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment and sees her role as sup­port­ing teach­ers in pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents.

Su­san Malkin­son McAl­lis­ter is no stranger at Mas­ter’s Col­lege in Cal­gary. Be­fore ac­cept­ing the po­si­tion of prin­ci­pal this year, she served as vice-prin­ci­pal at Mas­ter’s for a decade.

Malkin­son McAl­lis­ter be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in Fort McMur­ray and has been with Mas­ter’s as a teacher since 1999. She com­pleted her Mas­ter’s of Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree with a fo­cus on ef­fec­tive small schools and be­lieves the ad­van­tages of smaller schools is ev­i­dent in that the best learn­ing hap­pens when stu­dents know they are known and val­ued.

As a Global Im­pact team leader she has been in­volved with Mas­ter’s stu­dents build­ing play­grounds in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. As such, Malkin­son McAl­lis­ter has seen how au­then­tic learn­ing con­nected to a larger con­tri­bu­tion can light a fire in stu­dents.

Crys­tal McGre­gor has been appointed to the role of prin­ci­pal at John David­son School in Coal­dale.

McGre­gor be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer at Cham­ber­lain School in Grassy Lake and later be­came vice-prin­ci­pal in 2012. She later as­sumed the role of prin­ci­pal at Taber Men­non­ite School and was most re­cently the Lit­er­acy and English Lan­guage Learner Coach.

With con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with English Lan­guage Learn­ers, McGre­gor un­der­stands the need for re­spon­sive teach­ing strate­gies to sup­port stu­dents both aca­dem­i­cally and so­cially, pro­vid­ing ex­tracur­ric­u­lar sup­port and en­sur­ing best prac­tices in in­struc­tion and in­ter­ven­tion.

Jane Thomas is the new prin­ci­pal at Hori­zon Lead­er­ship Academy in Cal­gary.

Thomas be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in Korea and then the United Arab Emi­rates be­fore she moved to a ‘fly-in’ com­mu­nity in north­ern Man­i­toba. There she served as a teach­ing prin­ci­pal and then prin­ci­pal, be­fore mov­ing to Slave Lake, AB. to ac­cept a po­si­tion as prin­ci­pal.

A strong believer in ad­vo­cat­ing for di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, Thomas says she can’t imag­ine a more ex­cit­ing place to live, work and ex­pe­ri­ence life than with Hori­zon Lead­er­ship Academy un­der the um­brella of Pal­liser Re­gional Schools.

Harry Fritschy is back at Cal­gary Chris­tian Sec­ondary School, this year in the role of in­terim prin­ci­pal. Fritschy is no stranger, hav­ing served as prin­ci­pal of both the el­e­men­tary and sec­ondary schools at Cal­gary Chris­tian from 2002 to 2014. He ac­cepted a po­si­tion as prin­ci­pal at Kate An­drews High School in Coal­dale un­til his re­tire­ment this past year.

One other change will see Wayne Street serve in the role of Act­ing Prin­ci­pal at Jen­nie Emery El­e­men­tary School in Coal­dale un­til Dec. 31, 2018. Kristi Schooten (Van Does­burg) will con­tinue as vice-prin­ci­pal. Street has been a prin­ci­pal at Pal­liser Re­gional Schools at Kate An­drews High School, Coal­hurst El­e­men­tary School, R.I. Baker Ju­nior High School/Mid­dle School, and Vul­can Prairieview El­e­men­tary. He more re­cently served as a re­search of­fi­cer with the Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Lethbridge.

First day of class for about 8,300 stu­dents in Pal­liser Re­gional Schools was

Sept. 4.

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