THE MABIN SCHOOL
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.