THE MABIN SCHOOL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - NANCY STEINHAUER PRIN­CI­PAL

As the Prin­ci­pal at the Mabin School, Nancy Steinhauer likes to be in the class­room learn­ing about stu­dents and watch­ing teach­ers work. It also adds to her own un­der­stand­ing of what works best for kids. “I be­lieve that chil­dren are com­pe­tent and ca­pa­ble, and they learn best when they feel seen, un­der­stood and when we build on their strengths,” she says. “That is why, as a Prin­ci­pal, I fo­cus a lot of my at­ten­tion on build­ing teams and keep­ing stu­dents at the cen­tre of all learn­ing.” Steinhauer has been an ed­u­ca­tor for 24 years and cred­its the won­der­ful teach­ers she had grow­ing up as her in­spi­ra­tion. “I love work­ing with kids, and I wanted to ‘ig­nite a fire’ in­side of my stu­dents so that they could love learn­ing and ac­com­plish what­ever they could imag­ine,” Steinhauer says, who started her work with kids as the di­rec­tor of mu­sic and drama at Camp Ta­makwa. Steinhauer spends a lot of her time prob­lem solv­ing, con­nect­ing with peo­ple and thinkng about new ideas to help school life flour­ish. She loves the the­atre, mu­sic and trav­el­ling and has al­ways made th­ese a pri­or­ity in her life as an ed­u­ca­tor as well. Her book “Push­ing the Lim­its,” that she co-wrote with Kelly Gal­lagher-Mackay, ex­am­ines the Cana­dian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and pro­vides a vi­sion of

school­ing for the fu­ture.

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