Palliser makes some im­por­tant new ap­point­ments ahead of next school year

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - PALLISER SCHOOLS Vice-Prin­ci­pal named for Coal­hurst El­e­men­tary School

Palliser Re­gional Schools is pleased to an­nounce that Krista Gaskell has been ap­pointed to the role of VicePrin­ci­pal, Coal­hurst El­e­men­tary School, com­menc­ing July 1, 2020.

Krista grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge in 2004 with a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree and a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree. In 2011, Krista com­pleted her Mas­ter De­gree in Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship from the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge. Her Cap­stone project fo­cused on build­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive school cul­ture.

She be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer with Palliser Re­gional Schools in 2006, with No­ble Cen­tral School, where she taught Grade 3. In 2007, Krista moved to Sun­ny­side School and taught Grades 2, 3 and 6. She also taught Grade 2 at Jennie Emery El­e­men­tary in 2011 be­fore mov­ing on to as­sume the Vice-Prin­ci­pal role at R.I. Baker Mid­dle School in 2012.

Krista be­lieves in pro­gram­ming for strug­gling stu­dents to set them up for suc­cess. “Em­pa­thy, un­der­stand­ing and re­spect is em­bed­ded in all we do and say,” states Gaskell. “School is a safe place where stu­dents are cared for and val­ued as in­di­vid­u­als. Class­rooms are en­gag­ing and em­body a cul­ture of think­ing.”

Krista is look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know ev­ery­one in the Coal­hurst El­e­men­tary School com­mu­nity and is ex­cited to start build­ing re­la­tion­ships with staff, stu­dents and fam­i­lies.

A busy ‘hockey mom,’ Krista spends much time with her three very busy boys, Parker, Kai, and Markus, at the rink. In ad­di­tion to golf­ing and run­ning, she also en­joys spend­ing time out­doors with her chil­dren.

New prin­ci­pal named for Barons School

Palliser Re­gional Schools is pleased to an­nounce that Sharleen Al­brecht has been ap­pointed to the role of Prin­ci­pal to Barons School, com­menc­ing July 1.

Sharleen was awarded with a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion, with Dis­tinc­tion, from the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge in 1990, spe­cial­iz­ing in Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion. She later earned a Mas­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion in Lead­er­ship and Ad­min­is­tra­tion through Gon­zaga Univer­sity in Spokane, WA, in 2013.

Rec­og­nized by Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion in 2013, Sharleen was one of 20 re­cip­i­ents of the Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing Awards, which goes to those who have dis­tin­guished them­selves in their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to teach­ing and learn­ing.

Sharleen joined The Palliser School Di­vi­sion in 2016 as the Vice-Prin­ci­pal of Coal­hurst El­e­men­tary School. Prior to this as­sign­ment, she taught with the Leth­bridge Pub­lic Di­vi­sion since 1991 in Out­reach, El­e­men­tary, Mid­dle School and fi­nally, as a Vice-Prin­ci­pal at Park Mead­ows El­e­men­tary School.

The na­tive of Castle­gar, B.C., is ex­cited to be a part of the Barons School com­mu­nity and will bring with her a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in ar­eas in­clud­ing stu­dent lead­er­ship, and multi-age phi­los­o­phy.

“I value en­vi­ron­ments where sus­tain­able re­la­tion­ships, those which are built on trust, and pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for all stu­dents to grow and thrive, are cen­tral to the school com­mu­nity,” states Sharleen. “To de­velop such re­la­tion­ships, it is es­sen­tial to em­power staff to be lead­ers within that com­mu­nity in or­der to pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion, ex­em­plary in­struc­tional prac­tice, ex­cel­lence in stu­dent learn­ing, and a safe and car­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

She be­lieves all stu­dents can and will learn when they are given the op­por­tu­nity to grow and thrive in an en­vi­ron­ment where there are high ex­pec­ta­tions and un­con­di­tional ac­cep­tance.

Sharleen and her hus­band, Craig, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist with Palliser Re­gional Schools, have been mar­ried for more than 30 years and have a son, Bren­den.

New prin­ci­pal named for Cham­pion School

Palliser Re­gional Schools is pleased to an­nounce that Nathan Sil­lito has been ap­pointed to the role of Prin­ci­pal of Cham­pion School, com­menc­ing July 1, 2020.

Nathan earned a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion as an El­e­men­tary Gen­er­al­ist from the Univer­sity of Al­berta in 2001. He later ob­tained a Mas­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree, with a fo­cus on As­sess­ment for Learn­ing and Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion, in 2013, from the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge.

He be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer in 2001 as an el­e­men­tary class­room teacher in Two Hills, AB. He taught Grades two through four and was as­signed as a Vice-Prin­ci­pal for the St. Paul Re­gional School Di­vi­sion be­fore mov­ing to The Palliser School Di­vi­sion in 2006.

Since join­ing The Palliser School Di­vi­sion in 2006, Nathan taught Grade three at Vul­can Prairievie­w El­e­men­tary School. He later ac­cepted the VicePrin­ci­pal as­sign­ment un­til June 2012, where­upon he tran­si­tioned to the prin­ci­pal­ship of Barons and Car­man­gay Schools from 2012 to 2015. Since Au­gust 2015, Nathan has been the Co-or­di­nat­ing Prin­ci­pal of Early Learn­ing for the District, work­ing pri­mar­ily with PUF stu­dents and Di­vi­sion Schools.

Ded­i­cated to life-long learn­ing, Nathan is pas­sion­ate about fos­ter­ing a cul­ture of high ex­pec­ta­tions for stu­dents, teach­ers and other staff and leads by ex­am­ple.

“I look for­ward to get­ting to know ev­ery­one in the Cham­pion School com­mu­nity,” he says. “I am also look­ing for­ward to work­ing with staff and fam­i­lies to con­tinue to make Cham­pion School a great place to be.”

Nathan has been mar­ried to his wife Marlys for 28 years and they have five chil­dren. Nathan en­joys trav­el­ling with his fam­ily, read­ing, cy­cling, mu­sic and the out­doors.

NATHAN SIL­LITO

KRISTA GASKELL

SHARLEEN AL­BRECHT

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