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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 History

Aug 2013Present


Chinook's Edge School Division

Delburne Centralized School

Principal of a K-12 school of approximately 390 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 the 2014-15 school year, our focus was improved achievement for all students. During the current school year, our focus is school redesign (High School Redesign and the introduction of RTI K-8) to build collective responsibility for student success. My teaching assignment has included Biology 20/30, ELA 9, French 4-8, PE 5-9, and Science 9.

Aug 2001Jun 2013

Vice Principal

Red Deer Public Schools

Grandview Elementary School 2006-2013

Vice Principal  

Responsible for calendar, assemblies, technology, website, fundraising, public relations, staff supervision and evaluation, staff development, discipline, physical education, substitute teachers, and transportation. Grade 3, 4 & 5 homeroom teacher.

Glendale Middle School 2004-2006

Vice Principal 

Responsible for assemblies, emergency procedures, fundraising, enrichment program, public relations, budget and finances, staff development, staff supervision and evaluation, discipline, substitute teachers, and transportation. English Language Arts 7/8 teacher.

Eastview Middle School 2001-2004

Vice Principal 

Responsible for Grade 7/8 discipline,  weekly bulletin, school education plan, Horizons Program, extracurricular,staff supervison and evaluation, developing school calendar, booking substitute teachers, staff development, final examination schedule,  PGP review, assemblies, Crisis Management Plan, fire drills, transportation. 

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


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
Jan 2010Present


The Next Shift Hockey Development

Co-owner, operator and hockey skills instructor. Providing high quality hockey camps for young athletes in Blackfalds, Red Deer and Wetaskiwin.


Sep 2001Apr 2005


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


Brian Bieber

Associate Superintendent, Red Deer Public Schools


Stephen Banks

Vice Principal, Delburne Centralized School

403-749-3838 (School)

403-392-4353 (Cell)

Rita Di Placido

Retired Principal, Red Deer Public Schools

403-342-0060 (Home)

403-872-0089 (Cell)

Bob Barthel

Principal, Grandview Elementary School