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Westdale School 
Interim Appointment - Carol Dobrowolski, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Dobrowolski as Vice-principal of Westdale School effective November 2016. Ms. Dobrowolski has served the Westdale community in many roles over her career, most recently as a Resource and ELA teacher. Ms. Dobrowolski believes she can make a difference “although I recognize that I may not reach all children, I am guided by the belief that I could. I do not take lightly the knowledge that my actions can and do affect a child’s life. As I once read, to teach is to tough lives forever. We may not always see what an influence we have had, but must approach situations with the knowledge that our actions will have an impact.”

 

Acadia Junior High
Appointment - Cheryl McCombe, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Cheryl McCombe as Vice-principal of Acadia Junior High effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. McCombe is currently the Vice-principal of Westdale School. Prior to this she was Acting Vice-principal of Fort Richmond Collegiate. During Ms. McCombe’s 27 years in the education field she has been a physical education specialist at Fort Richmond Collegiate and Arthur A. Leach School.

Ms. McCombe is looking forward “to continuing to strengthen her abilities to lead through compassion, enthusiasm, knowledge, and being a positive role-model.” Her “most passionate educational belief and value is empowerment of student learners to pursue and find meaning that will make learning relevant and functional for them.”

Ms. McCombe’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education. She also has her Level 1 School Administrator’s Certificate, has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program and the iPEC Coach Centric Leadership training. Cheryl is a certified instructor for the Mental Health First Aid for Youth; Active First Aid and CPR; and Fitness Leader to Manitoba Fitness.


Pembina Trails Alternative High School
Appointment - Susan Woods, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Woods as Principal of the new Pembina Trails Alternative High School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Woods is currently the divisional Dual Credit Consultant (0.5 position) and Resource Teacher at Fort Richmond Collegiate. In her 33 years in the education field, Ms. Woods has extensive experience in teaching and programming for the at-risk student.  She has also taught at Bernie Wolfe Community School, Oak Bank Elementary School, kindergarten to grade 12 schools in Saskatchewan and Waywayseecappo First Nations Community School.

Ms. Woods believes that “a school that is tailored to bridging the gaps for student success will bring the Division’s goals to see all students graduate a reality. Providing students with choices that will offer them the greatest flexibility and the widest range of options will bring them to completion of their high school matriculation and a belief in themselves to go beyond high school to post-secondary programming.”

Ms. Woods’ professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and a Special Education Certificate. She has her Level I School Administrator’s certificate, (in progress) and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program. Ms. Woods was a member of the divisional Learning to 18 Committee, Student Specific Planning Committee, and Assessment Committee.


Chancellor School
Appointment - Tori Patzer, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Tori Patzer as Vice-principal of Chancellor School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Patzer is currently a Resource Teacher and EAL Specialist at École Van Walleghem School. Tori has also taught at École Dieppe and Chapman School as well as in France.

Ms. Patzer is “excited by the opportunity to join with Leslie Wurtak to form the leadership team at Chancellor School.” She has a “passion for relationship building and meeting the needs of all students so that their school days are joyful, productive and successful.”

Ms. Patzer’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Education (ongoing). She has her Level 1 School Administrator’s Certificate and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program. Ms. Patzer is a certified French Immersion teacher and is fluent in both official languages.  She also has TESOL training.

 

École Charleswood School
Appointment - Bronwen Davies, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Bronwen Davies as Vice-principal of École Charleswood School effective the 2016/2017 school year. 

Ms. Davies has been teaching French Immersion students for 13 years having taught at Institute collégial Vincent Massey Collegiate for the past five years and at École Viscount Alexander for eight years.Ms. Davies says she "understands the strengths and challenges facing second-language learning and is constantly researching and using strategies that help promote a love of the French language." She has "developed a deep understanding of the middle years philosophy having spent eight years teaching at the middle years level."

Ms. Davies' professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education with Specialization in Administration. She has her Level I School Administrator's certificate and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program.


École Crane
Appointment - Brenda Stewart, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Brenda Stewart as Principal of École Crane School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Mme Stewart is currently the Vice-principal of École Charleswood School. She has extensive experience in French Immersion schools having taught French Immersion for 12 years at various levels including Early Years. She has taught at École Van Walleghem School as well as in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Kingston, Ontario and Germany.

Brenda “believes in building supportive relationships with students and families. We must create safe and inclusive learning environments where risk-taking is encouraged and modelled.”

Mme Stewart’s professional qualifications include a Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Education, Certificate in Special Education, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Arts.  Mme Stewart has her Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate and Level 2 Principal’s Certificate (June 2016).  She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program and has training in Violent Threat Risk Assessment, Restitution and iPEC Coach Centric Leadership.


École secondaire Oak Park High School
Appointment - Sharon Labossière, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Labossière as Vice-principal of École secondaire Oak Park High School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Labossière has been working as a vice-principal in the Winnipeg School Division at École LaVérendrye/École Sir William Osler and École Robert H. Smith for the past five years.  Ms. Labossière has significant experience working at the senior years level having worked as a guidance counsellor and as a teacher at École secondaire Kelvin High School, St. Boniface Diocesan High School, Green Valley Collegiate and Treherne Collegiate.  In her roles in the school system she has “been an avid learner, an advocate for students, a coach, a hands-on educator, a proponent of second (additional) language acquisition and a person who truly believes in life-long learning and professional growth.”

Ms. Labossière’s professional qualifications include a Master of Education, Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Education, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts. Ms. Labossière is currently a member of Winnipeg School Division’s Threat Assessment Training Team, Mental Health Steering Committee and Developing Safe Schools Committee.

 
Royal School
Appointment - Lorraine de Monyé, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorraine de Monyé as Principal of Royal School effective the 2016-17 school year.

Ms. de Monyé is currently the Principal of Chapman School.  Prior to this she was Vice-principal of Linden Christian School.  During Ms. de Monyé’s 29 years in the education field, she has taught in the early and middle years settings at Linden Christian School as well as in public schools in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  

Ms. de Monyé will be a natural fit with the Royal community.  In her role as Principal of Chapman School she had the opportunity to work with Royal students and families on different initiatives such as the Winter Concert.

Ms. de Monyé’s professional qualifications include a Masters in Educational Administration, a Post Baccalaureate in Education, and a Bachelor of Education.  She also has a Level 1 School Administrator’s certificate and Level 2 Principal’s certificate.  Ms. de Monyé has training in Cognitive Coaching and has participated in the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) training.

Ms. de Monyé believes “we are preparing students for their role as citizens and active participants in a safe and democratic society. By reaching out to the community and teaching children to act locally while thinking globally, we are teaching students to be compassionate community members. To do so we must also teach character development while preparing students for the 21st century.”


Shaftesbury High School
Appointment - Catherine Birch, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Birch as Principal of Shaftesbury High School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

As principal, Ms. Birch “will continue to embrace the expectations of a community that demands excellence in academics and citizenship in their youth, and celebrate the diversity in abilities, learning needs, culture, identity, and ethnicity.”

Ms. Birch is currently the Vice-principal of Shaftesbury High School.  Prior to this she was Acting Principal of Shaftesbury and Vice-principal of Linden Meadows School.  During Ms. Birch’s 24 years in the education field she has a combined 21 years of experience working directly with high school students as both a teacher and administrator.    

Ms. Birch’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and Master of Science. She has completed her Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate and is in the process of completing her Level 2 School Administrator’s Certificate. Ms. Birch also has certificates in Cognitive Coaching, Restitution and Threat Assessment. She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program as well as the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) training.


Shaftesbury High School
Appointment - Jacqueline Kroeker, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Kroeker as Vice-principal of Shaftesbury High School effective the 2016/17 school year.

Ms. Kroeker is currently the vice-principal of Acadia Junior High. Ms. Kroeker’s past experience in the independent school system and teacher and program leader at Fort Richmond Collegiate will bring a wealth of knowledge to students and staff at Shaftesbury High School. Ms. Kroeker says that “her passion lies in appropriate programming and helping students achieve their individual goals.” J Ms. Kroeker approaches leadership with energy and joyfulness keeping students at the centre of her work.

Ms. Kroeker’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science (Honours). She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program, the iPEC Coach Centric Leadership for Education Professionals and is working towards her Level 1 School Administrator’s and Level 2 Principal’s certificates.


École Viscount Alexander
Appointment - Anna Zonneveld, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Zonneveld as Vice-principal of École Viscount Alexander effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Mme Zonneveld is currently the Principal of École Crane. She brings a wealth of experience  having worked as a Resource Teacher at École St. Avila, Counselor at École Van Walleghem, and Classroom Teacher at École Van Walleghem, École Dieppe and École Westdale. Mme Zonneveld “loves learning, values public education and, as a French Immersion student herself, is a strong advocate of the program.”

Mme Zonneveld’s professional qualifications include a Master of Education, Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Education and a Bachelor of Education. She also holds a Special Education Certificate, School Counselor’s Certificate, Level 1 School Administrator’s Certificate, Level 2 Principal’s Certificate (in progress) and training in iPEC’s Coach Centric Leadership, Threat Assessment and Restitution.


Westdale School
Appointment - Gus Watanabe, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Gus Watanabe as Vice-principal of Westdale School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Mr. Watanabe is currently a guidance counsellor at Vincent Massey Collegiate where he has also been the Student Services Program Leader and Guidance Program Leader. During his 21 years in the education field he has also taught middle years in St. James Assiniboia School Division. Additionally he has taught in Fukui, Japan. Mr. Watanabe believes that “Education is a joint effort between the school system, parents and community and its aim is to guide children towards good citizenship. Citizenship comes when students are taught how to love life, have empathy and compassion towards others, be accepting of differences, to be respectful of others and to contribute to others’ lives.”

Mr. Watanabe’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Honours, Bachelor of Education, a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Guidance Counselling and Administration, and Master of Education (in progress). He has his Level I School Administrator’s certificate, Level II Principal’s Certificate (in progress) and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program. Mr. Watanabe also has certification in Restitution (Levels I and II), Non-violent Crisis Intervention (Levels I and II), Threat Assessment (Levels I and II) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).


Whyte Ridge School
Appointment - Valerie Wood, Principal 

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Wood as Principal of Whyte Ridge School effective September 2016.

Ms. Wood is currently the Principal of Royal School.  Prior to this she was Vice-Principal at Chancellor School.  With over 20 years of experience in the education field, Ms. Wood has had the opportunity to work as a resource teacher, EAL specialist and classroom teacher in kindergarten to grade 6 settings. She believes that the “Early Years are foundational to developing a child’s identity as a learner and can have profound impact on future school success.”

Ms. Wood’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education, a Post Baccalaureate in Special Education Program and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program. She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program well as the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) training.

She has completed her Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate and is currently in the process of completing her Level 2 School Administrator’s Certificate.

Administration Appointments

Westdale School 
Interim Appointment - Carol Dobrowolski, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Dobrowolski as Vice-principal of Westdale School effective November 2016. Ms. Dobrowolski has served the Westdale community in many roles over her career, most recently as a Resource and ELA teacher. Ms. Dobrowolski believes she can make a difference “although I recognize that I may not reach all children, I am guided by the belief that I could. I do not take lightly the knowledge that my actions can and do affect a child’s life. As I once read, to teach is to tough lives forever. We may not always see what an influence we have had, but must approach situations with the knowledge that our actions will have an impact.”

 

Acadia Junior High
Appointment - Cheryl McCombe, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Cheryl McCombe as Vice-principal of Acadia Junior High effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. McCombe is currently the Vice-principal of Westdale School. Prior to this she was Acting Vice-principal of Fort Richmond Collegiate. During Ms. McCombe’s 27 years in the education field she has been a physical education specialist at Fort Richmond Collegiate and Arthur A. Leach School.

Ms. McCombe is looking forward “to continuing to strengthen her abilities to lead through compassion, enthusiasm, knowledge, and being a positive role-model.” Her “most passionate educational belief and value is empowerment of student learners to pursue and find meaning that will make learning relevant and functional for them.”

Ms. McCombe’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education. She also has her Level 1 School Administrator’s Certificate, has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program and the iPEC Coach Centric Leadership training. Cheryl is a certified instructor for the Mental Health First Aid for Youth; Active First Aid and CPR; and Fitness Leader to Manitoba Fitness.


Pembina Trails Alternative High School
Appointment - Susan Woods, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Woods as Principal of the new Pembina Trails Alternative High School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Woods is currently the divisional Dual Credit Consultant (0.5 position) and Resource Teacher at Fort Richmond Collegiate. In her 33 years in the education field, Ms. Woods has extensive experience in teaching and programming for the at-risk student.  She has also taught at Bernie Wolfe Community School, Oak Bank Elementary School, kindergarten to grade 12 schools in Saskatchewan and Waywayseecappo First Nations Community School.

Ms. Woods believes that “a school that is tailored to bridging the gaps for student success will bring the Division’s goals to see all students graduate a reality. Providing students with choices that will offer them the greatest flexibility and the widest range of options will bring them to completion of their high school matriculation and a belief in themselves to go beyond high school to post-secondary programming.”

Ms. Woods’ professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and a Special Education Certificate. She has her Level I School Administrator’s certificate, (in progress) and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program. Ms. Woods was a member of the divisional Learning to 18 Committee, Student Specific Planning Committee, and Assessment Committee.


Chancellor School
Appointment - Tori Patzer, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Tori Patzer as Vice-principal of Chancellor School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Patzer is currently a Resource Teacher and EAL Specialist at École Van Walleghem School. Tori has also taught at École Dieppe and Chapman School as well as in France.

Ms. Patzer is “excited by the opportunity to join with Leslie Wurtak to form the leadership team at Chancellor School.” She has a “passion for relationship building and meeting the needs of all students so that their school days are joyful, productive and successful.”

Ms. Patzer’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Education (ongoing). She has her Level 1 School Administrator’s Certificate and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program. Ms. Patzer is a certified French Immersion teacher and is fluent in both official languages.  She also has TESOL training.

 

École Charleswood School
Appointment - Bronwen Davies, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Bronwen Davies as Vice-principal of École Charleswood School effective the 2016/2017 school year. 

Ms. Davies has been teaching French Immersion students for 13 years having taught at Institute collégial Vincent Massey Collegiate for the past five years and at École Viscount Alexander for eight years.Ms. Davies says she "understands the strengths and challenges facing second-language learning and is constantly researching and using strategies that help promote a love of the French language." She has "developed a deep understanding of the middle years philosophy having spent eight years teaching at the middle years level."

Ms. Davies' professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education with Specialization in Administration. She has her Level I School Administrator's certificate and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program.


École Crane
Appointment - Brenda Stewart, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Brenda Stewart as Principal of École Crane School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Mme Stewart is currently the Vice-principal of École Charleswood School. She has extensive experience in French Immersion schools having taught French Immersion for 12 years at various levels including Early Years. She has taught at École Van Walleghem School as well as in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Kingston, Ontario and Germany.

Brenda “believes in building supportive relationships with students and families. We must create safe and inclusive learning environments where risk-taking is encouraged and modelled.”

Mme Stewart’s professional qualifications include a Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Education, Certificate in Special Education, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Arts.  Mme Stewart has her Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate and Level 2 Principal’s Certificate (June 2016).  She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development program and has training in Violent Threat Risk Assessment, Restitution and iPEC Coach Centric Leadership.


École secondaire Oak Park High School
Appointment - Sharon Labossière, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Labossière as Vice-principal of École secondaire Oak Park High School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Labossière has been working as a vice-principal in the Winnipeg School Division at École LaVérendrye/École Sir William Osler and École Robert H. Smith for the past five years.  Ms. Labossière has significant experience working at the senior years level having worked as a guidance counsellor and as a teacher at École secondaire Kelvin High School, St. Boniface Diocesan High School, Green Valley Collegiate and Treherne Collegiate.  In her roles in the school system she has “been an avid learner, an advocate for students, a coach, a hands-on educator, a proponent of second (additional) language acquisition and a person who truly believes in life-long learning and professional growth.”

Ms. Labossière’s professional qualifications include a Master of Education, Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Education, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts. Ms. Labossière is currently a member of Winnipeg School Division’s Threat Assessment Training Team, Mental Health Steering Committee and Developing Safe Schools Committee.

 
Royal School
Appointment - Lorraine de Monyé, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorraine de Monyé as Principal of Royal School effective the 2016-17 school year.

Ms. de Monyé is currently the Principal of Chapman School.  Prior to this she was Vice-principal of Linden Christian School.  During Ms. de Monyé’s 29 years in the education field, she has taught in the early and middle years settings at Linden Christian School as well as in public schools in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  

Ms. de Monyé will be a natural fit with the Royal community.  In her role as Principal of Chapman School she had the opportunity to work with Royal students and families on different initiatives such as the Winter Concert.

Ms. de Monyé’s professional qualifications include a Masters in Educational Administration, a Post Baccalaureate in Education, and a Bachelor of Education.  She also has a Level 1 School Administrator’s certificate and Level 2 Principal’s certificate.  Ms. de Monyé has training in Cognitive Coaching and has participated in the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) training.

Ms. de Monyé believes “we are preparing students for their role as citizens and active participants in a safe and democratic society. By reaching out to the community and teaching children to act locally while thinking globally, we are teaching students to be compassionate community members. To do so we must also teach character development while preparing students for the 21st century.”


Shaftesbury High School
Appointment - Catherine Birch, Principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Birch as Principal of Shaftesbury High School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

As principal, Ms. Birch “will continue to embrace the expectations of a community that demands excellence in academics and citizenship in their youth, and celebrate the diversity in abilities, learning needs, culture, identity, and ethnicity.”

Ms. Birch is currently the Vice-principal of Shaftesbury High School.  Prior to this she was Acting Principal of Shaftesbury and Vice-principal of Linden Meadows School.  During Ms. Birch’s 24 years in the education field she has a combined 21 years of experience working directly with high school students as both a teacher and administrator.    

Ms. Birch’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and Master of Science. She has completed her Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate and is in the process of completing her Level 2 School Administrator’s Certificate. Ms. Birch also has certificates in Cognitive Coaching, Restitution and Threat Assessment. She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program as well as the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) training.


Shaftesbury High School
Appointment - Jacqueline Kroeker, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Kroeker as Vice-principal of Shaftesbury High School effective the 2016/17 school year.

Ms. Kroeker is currently the vice-principal of Acadia Junior High. Ms. Kroeker’s past experience in the independent school system and teacher and program leader at Fort Richmond Collegiate will bring a wealth of knowledge to students and staff at Shaftesbury High School. Ms. Kroeker says that “her passion lies in appropriate programming and helping students achieve their individual goals.” J Ms. Kroeker approaches leadership with energy and joyfulness keeping students at the centre of her work.

Ms. Kroeker’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science (Honours). She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program, the iPEC Coach Centric Leadership for Education Professionals and is working towards her Level 1 School Administrator’s and Level 2 Principal’s certificates.


École Viscount Alexander
Appointment - Anna Zonneveld, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Zonneveld as Vice-principal of École Viscount Alexander effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Mme Zonneveld is currently the Principal of École Crane. She brings a wealth of experience  having worked as a Resource Teacher at École St. Avila, Counselor at École Van Walleghem, and Classroom Teacher at École Van Walleghem, École Dieppe and École Westdale. Mme Zonneveld “loves learning, values public education and, as a French Immersion student herself, is a strong advocate of the program.”

Mme Zonneveld’s professional qualifications include a Master of Education, Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Education and a Bachelor of Education. She also holds a Special Education Certificate, School Counselor’s Certificate, Level 1 School Administrator’s Certificate, Level 2 Principal’s Certificate (in progress) and training in iPEC’s Coach Centric Leadership, Threat Assessment and Restitution.


Westdale School
Appointment - Gus Watanabe, Vice-principal

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Gus Watanabe as Vice-principal of Westdale School effective the 2016-2017 school year.

Mr. Watanabe is currently a guidance counsellor at Vincent Massey Collegiate where he has also been the Student Services Program Leader and Guidance Program Leader. During his 21 years in the education field he has also taught middle years in St. James Assiniboia School Division. Additionally he has taught in Fukui, Japan. Mr. Watanabe believes that “Education is a joint effort between the school system, parents and community and its aim is to guide children towards good citizenship. Citizenship comes when students are taught how to love life, have empathy and compassion towards others, be accepting of differences, to be respectful of others and to contribute to others’ lives.”

Mr. Watanabe’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Honours, Bachelor of Education, a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Guidance Counselling and Administration, and Master of Education (in progress). He has his Level I School Administrator’s certificate, Level II Principal’s Certificate (in progress) and has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program. Mr. Watanabe also has certification in Restitution (Levels I and II), Non-violent Crisis Intervention (Levels I and II), Threat Assessment (Levels I and II) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).


Whyte Ridge School
Appointment - Valerie Wood, Principal 

The Board of Trustees of the Pembina Trails School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Wood as Principal of Whyte Ridge School effective September 2016.

Ms. Wood is currently the Principal of Royal School.  Prior to this she was Vice-Principal at Chancellor School.  With over 20 years of experience in the education field, Ms. Wood has had the opportunity to work as a resource teacher, EAL specialist and classroom teacher in kindergarten to grade 6 settings. She believes that the “Early Years are foundational to developing a child’s identity as a learner and can have profound impact on future school success.”

Ms. Wood’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Education, a Post Baccalaureate in Special Education Program and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program. She has participated in the Pembina Trails Leadership Development Program well as the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) training.

She has completed her Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate and is currently in the process of completing her Level 2 School Administrator’s Certificate.

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