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Summary

I am a lifelong learner and teacher. I am currently Principal of Delburne Centralized School, a K-12 school in the village of Delburne. Since I was given the opportunity to be the Principal, I have worked hard to build relationships, improve achievement, and reinvent our school's image in the community. During my 20 years with Red Deer Public Schools, I was a teacher, department head, team leader and school-based administrator. In addition to these experiences, I have served as President of the Middle Years Council of the Alberta Teacher's Association. For three years, I enjoyed teaching preservice teachers in the RDC/University of Alberta Middle Years Program. I have coached a wide variety of sports but hockey is my first love. I am a partner in The Next Shift Hockey Development, based in Red Deer, Alberta.

Work experience

Aug 2013Present

Principal

Chinook's Edge School Division

Delburne Centralized School

Principal of a K-12 school of approximately 375 students. Primarily responsible for instructional leadership, teacher evaluation, budget, timetable, yearly calendar, internal and external communication (weekly bulletin, newsletters, website, social media), staff development, student leadership and collaboration. During my time at Delburne, we have improved achievement for all students, succssfully implemented school redesign (High School Redesign and RTI K-8) and built a team approach focused on collective responsibility for student success. My teaching assignment has included Biology 20/30, ELA/Science/Social Studies 9, French 4-8, PE 4-9,and Leadership 15/25. 

Aug 2001Jun 2013

Vice Principal

Red Deer Public Schools

Grandview Elementary School 2006-2013

Glendale Middle School 2004-2006

Eastview Middle School 2001-2004

Sep 2008Dec 2010

Sessional Instructor

University of Alberta

Sessional Instructor in the University of Alberta/Red Deer College Middle Years Program. Taught EDES 362 - Language Arts Curriculum.

Aug 1993Jun 2001

Teacher

Red Deer Public Schools

Eastview Middle School

  • Grade 7 and 8 Team Leader, Options Department Head, Drama Lead Teacher
  • Taught Creative Writing, Drama, Health, Language Arts, Social Studies, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Recreation Education, Grades 6-9
  • Extracurricular activities included Coaching (basketball, track, volleyball), Drama Club, Intramurals, Leadership, and Ski Club

Education

Sep 2001Apr 2005

M.Ed.

University of Alberta

"Rethinking Middle Level Curriculum" - course-based final project.

Jan 1989Apr 1993

Bachelor of Education (with Distinction)

University of Alberta

Major: Social Studies Minor: Business Education

Committees

  • CESD Middle School Report Card Working Group, 2016- present
  • CESD Technology Advisory Committee, 2013-present
  • CESD Safe and Caring Schools, 2013-2014
  • Edcamp Red Deer, 2013
  • Central Alberta Teachers' Convention, 2012-2013
  • RDPSD Administrators' PD Committee, 2010-2012
  • ATA Middle Years Council Conference, 2007-2010
  • President, ATA Middle Years Council, 2007-2009
  • Chair, RDPSD Vice Principals' PD Committee, 2004-2006
  • Alberta Middle School Association Conference, 1998, 2005
  • ATA Fine Arts Council Conference, 1996

Awards

  • Finalist, Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001
  • AMSA Teaching Through Teaming Award, 2001
  • M.E. Lazerte Gold Medal in Education (University of Alberta), 1993
  • Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship, 1992, 1993
  • Harold W. Riley Scholarship (Outstanding Achievement in Western Canadian History), 1992

Presentations

  • Daily Physical Activity in Any Subject – MYCATA Conference – 2005, 2007, 2012
  • Grandview's AISI Journey - RDPSD Staff Learning, 2012
  • Building Positive Relationships – RDPSD VP Mentorship - 2012
  • Technology in English Language Arts – EDES 362, Red Deer College – 2011, 2012
  • Implementing 5 Traits Writing - Aspen Heights School, 2010
  • Variety – My Second Favorite Spice – RDPSD Admin Retreat – Glennifer Lake, 2010
  • Middle School Basics – Peace River North School District – Fort St. John, B.C.,  2009
  • Great Games for Elementary PE - Westpark Middle School, 2009
  • Making it Work in the Middle – SEATCA – 2009; SMYA 2009;ATA First Year Teachers 2005-2008
  • Rethinking Middle Level Curriculum - MYCATA Conference, 2006, CATCA 2006
  • Building Leadership Capacity in Middle Schools – MYCATA Conference, 2005
  • Curriculum Integration Forum – Manitoba Middle Years Association, Winnipeg - 2005
  • Keeping the Arts in Language Arts – Manitoba Middle Years Association, Winnipeg - 2005
  • Strategies for Deepening Reading Comprehension - RDPSD PD Day, 2004
  • Integrating Social Studies and Language Arts – AMSA Conference 2002, RDPSD PD Day 2001
  • Carnival: Fostering Cultural and Social Understanding – AMSA Conference 2002
  • Sit Down and Be Quiet? Not in Middle School, Man! - AMSA Conference 2000
  • Avoiding Worksheets in Social Studies - RDPSD PD Day, 1999
  • Student Leadership: Activities Council of Eastview – AMSA Conference 1998
  • Surviving the First Year – CASPAC First Year Teacher’s Workshop 1994, 1995

Volunteering

Coaching - Red Deer Minor Hockey - 2007 - present; Red Deer Titans Rugby 2012; Red Deer Minor Soccer - 2005-2006; Red Deer Inline Hockey 2005

Terry Fox Run, Red Deer - 2012 - present

Alberta Summer Games, 2006, 2016