Administrative Announcements for 2017 - 2018
June 1, 2017 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Tim Monds is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2017-2018 school year effective August 2017. Wabamun School Principal Richard Kniel announced his resignation to accept an administrative position with Wildrose School District in Drayton Valley. The new Principal of Wabamun School will be Les Worthington who moves over from his current role as Principal of Entwistle School.
Division Principal of Leading and Learning, Carolyn Cameron has accepted a two year secondment to the Leadership Excellence branch of Alberta Education.
New Director of Quality Learning Position
The new Director of Quality Learning in the Learning Services Department is Christine Ross. Christine is currently Principal at Parkland Village School. As a result of the changes, Parkland School Division will be posting the vacant Principal positions at Parkland Village School and Entwistle School.
“Parkland School Division’s Leadership Team is constantly changing and growing and we’re fortunate to be in a position where Universal Leadership is prevalent and developed from within,” stated Superintendent Monds.
“We wish Richard Kniel all the best in his future endeavour just down the road from Parkland School Division and know the transition at Wabamun School will be smooth under the leadership of Les Worthington. Carolyn Cameron will do a fantastic job in her new role at Alberta Education. Her passion for Quality Learning and Student-Centred Learning will have a chance to spread even further in her new role.”
“We’re excited about the new structure that will be in place for Learning Services in the fall. That department continues to work diligently to develop a continuum of supports and services accessible to teachers and students to facilitate quality learning for students. With the addition of Collaborative Teaching Partners working closely with schools as members of our school communities, we’re confident Christine Ross will continue the great work already underway making sure all our staff and student-centred learning is in alignment with our Quality Learning Framework”
Christine Ross,Director of Quality Learning
Christine began her teaching career in 1997 with Evergreen Catholic School Division as a kindergarten teacher. She has experience in both typical and alternate learning environments. Christine will draw upon her experience gained under her first Principalship this past year at Parkland Village School. Christine has served Parkland School Division as the Children Learning in Inclusive Community Settings (CLICK) Coordinator, a Program Facilitator with Learning Services, an Assistant Principal for two years at Muir Lake School as well as Assistant Principal at Millgrove School.
Christine earned her Education degree from the University of Alberta and is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide leadership in quality learning for all with the ultimate goal of student success and well-being. I believe in implementing Parkland School Division’s vision, mission and goals with research, evidence, feedback, hard work and play. Quality Learning is a collective responsibility in PSD. I am honoured to work with PSD’s Lead Team, Learning Services, teachers, EA’s, students and families in this new role."
Les Worthington - Principal, Wabamun School
Les began his teaching career in 2003 as a Grade 1 teacher at Florence MacDougall School in High Level, Alberta. Along the way there have been teaching stops in Northern Alberta in High Level, La Crête and Hinton. Les joined PSD in a teaching capacity at Entwistle school in 2010 and began his current journey in administration when he was appointed Principal of Entwistle School in 2011.
Les earned his Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University of Edmonton in 2000 followed by a Bachelor of Education degree from Concordia in 2003. He completed the Masters of Education program at the University of Alberta in Leadership and School Improvement in 2007.
"I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to begin my administrative career at Entwistle School. I would like to thank the students, staff, parents and community whom I served for the last six years. I am looking forward to continuing my administrative career at Wabamun School; another amazing rural community in Parkland School Division. I'm excited to build relationships with the Wabamun School community, and contribute to enriching the wonderful things happening at Wabamun School like Wabamun PRIDE, the Colour Teams and Student Leadership."
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