Palliser makes some important new appointments ahead of next school year
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.