Administrative Appointments for 2016-2017
May 3, 2016 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Tim Monds is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2016-2017 school year effective August 2016. An unexpected resignation by the returning Mike Hubick created an exciting opportunity at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain. Mike accepted employment overseas which opened the door for Carolyn Jensen to become Principal at the High School moving over from Forest Green School, Connections for Learning and Brightbank Academy.
The vacancy left by Carolyn Jensen's departure will be filled by Travis McNaughton as the new Principal of Forest Green School, Connections for Learning and Brightbank Academy. The new Principal at Parkland Village School will be Christine Ross.
A number of Assistant Principals will be moving schools including Marsie Fisk from Connections for Learning to École Meridian Heights School. Aileen Peterson heads from Blueberry to Greystone Centennial Middle School. Two high school Assistant Principals will trade places with Mark Rose heading to Spruce Grove Composite High School while Chris Shaw joins Memorial Composite High School. Cam Robertson re-joins the high school environment moving from Stony Plain Central School to become Assistant Principal at Spruce Grove Composite High School.
Meanwhile, two teachers make the jump to administration as James Coghill is the new Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning and Brightbank Academy and Tanya Neuman joins the administration at Stony Plain Central School.
“Parkland School Division is very fortunate to be experiencing such a wealth of riches when it comes to leadership within our Division,” stated Superintendent Tim Monds, “A key to moving forward as a Division has been the ability to share that knowledge and leadership from school to school. Tapping into all the experience of these successful candidates and having them share information with new staff and new communities really allows us to enable learning up, down and across the system which is the definition of scaling out and scaling up."
Carolyn Jensen, Principal
Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Carolyn has a Master of Education in School Counseling from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Atypical Adolescents. Carolyn has spent the last 2 years heading up the administrative team as Principal of Forest Green School, Connections for Learning and the Brightbank Academy. Carolyn has served as a Facilitator with Learning Services and the Lead for the Violence Threat Risk Assessment and Intervention (VTRA) team. Carolyn joined Parkland School Division in 2006 as Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning. Before joining PSD Carolyn held position as a teacher, counselor and had a previous school posting as Principal at Mayerthorpe Junior/Senior High School.
“The heart of any school is with it's people and I am eager to get to know the staff and students, to work together to cultivate a learning environment where doors are opened and dreams are made. I've met and worked with some amazing people the last couple of years at Forest Green, Connections for Learning and Brightbank Academy and will be watching closely as they achieve great things. I am also looking forward to learning about and continuing the work started with High School Redesign to afford students more flexibility and ownership in their learning.”
Travis McNaughton, Principal
Forest Green School (Gr. K-6) and
Connections for Learning (Gr. 1-12)
Travis earned a combined five-year Bachelor degree in Education and Physical Education, with a minor in English Language Arts from the University of Alberta in April 2005. He is currently enrolled in University of Calgary to obtain his Masters in Educational Leadership: Leading and Learning. Beginning in 2011, Travis served as Assistant Principal at Muir Lake School before moving to Parkland Village School to become Principal in 2014. Travis will also serve as Principal for Brightbank Academy. Before joining Parkland School Division, Travis taught and held an Assistant Principal position at Drayton Christian School in Drayton Valley.
"I am honoured and excited to join the community at Forest Green, Connections for Learning and Brightbank Academy. I look forward to building strong relationships with the students, community, parents, and staff that continue to foster powerful learning opportunities for the students."
Christine Ross, Principal
Parkland Village School (K-4)
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 has served Parkland School Division as the Children Learning in Inclusive Community Settings (CLICK) Coordinator, was a Program Facilitator with Learning Supports and was also an Assistant Principal for two years at Muir Lake School as well as her most recent stop this past school year at Millgrove School as Assistant Principal.
Christine earned her Education degree from the University of Alberta and is currently exploring different Master's programs in Educational Leadership.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Millgrove School getting to know the staff and students. It is an amazing place to work, play, learn and grow. I am excited to join the Parkland Village School community of staff, students and families. I have a passion for early childhood and am eager to serve Parkland School Division in this new role."
James Coghill, Assistant Principal
Connections for Learning (Gr. 1-12)
James Coghill brings 21 years of educational experience to the table. His first few years with Parkland School Division were as a substitute teacher before landing his permanent contract in 2003 while at Connections for Learning. James spent the first 4 years of his journey teaching in Hobbema for the Montana Band First Nation and he also spent 1 year abroad teaching in Melbourne, Australia. James has taught at Brightbank Academy before settling in for a 9-year stint at Woodhaven Middle School primarily teaching Physical Education. He’s also served as a Learning Coach for Entwistle School, Seba Beach School and Tomahawk School before returning to the Physical Education team at Woodhaven this past year. James’s administrative experience included a year spent as Acting Assistant Principal at Woodhaven School in 2013-2014.
James earned a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in Social Studies and minor in Science from the University of Alberta and went back to school in 2001 to specialize in Physical Education. He’s currently engaged in studies at the University of Alberta for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
“It has been a priveldge to work with the staff, students and community at Woodhaven Middle School. I look forward to developing new relationships and working together with the Connections For Learning community to continue to improve student learning. ”
Marsie Fisk, Assistant Principal
École Meridian Heights School (K-9)
Marsie’s teaching career began in 1995 with Northern Gateway Public Schools in Alberta Beach, with time in Valleyview and Whitecourt teaching FSL, Math and Counselling. Marsie joined Parkland School Division in 2009 at Memorial Composite High School as the Special Needs Coordinator. During her time at MCHS, she also taught Math and was a part of the Learning Coach Program. Marsie joined the PSD Leadership Team in 2014 as an Assistant Principal with École Broxton Park School. Marsie also served as Assistant Principal at Connections For Learning for the 2015 - 2016 school year.
Marsie earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta, with a major focus in French As A Second Language. She is looking forward to beginning her Masters Of Educational Leadership program with Vancouver Island University this summer.
"I am excited to be joining the staff and students at École Meridian Heights School and becoming a part of the great work being done there. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and growing at Connections For Learning and am thankful for having had that opportunity. We are truly lucky to have such diversity in our programming in PSD!"
Aileen Peterson, Assistant Principal
Greystone Centennial Middle School (5-9)
Aileen Peterson’s career in education has given her the opportunity to experience a number of communities in all corners of the province of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Her first post upon completion of her post-secondary education was as a Grade 7 teacher at Chief Old Sun School on the Siksika Nation near Calgary, Alberta. Aileen has also worked for the Rockyview and Fort McMurray Public School Divisions and spent 3 years teaching Grades 5 and 6 plus French as a Second Language at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School in Inuvik. Along the way, she’s primarily taught Math in Grades 5 through 9. Aileen’s first administrative appointment came in 2005 as Assistant Principal at Beacon Hill School in Fort McMurray. Aileen has been with Parkland School Division since 2008 and has served her students as Principal at Keephills School and Wabamun School before landing in her current role as Assistant Principal at Blueberry School in 2013.
Aileen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities studying English, History and French as well as a Bachelor of Education with a major in French Language Education and minor in Social Studies from the University of Lethbridge. Aileen is currently working towards obtaining a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.
"I have been fortunate to have held many positions in a variety of communities during the course of my career thus far. Each one of those places has left me richer for the people I have met and the learning that I have been part of. I would like to thank the Blueberry School community for a wonderful three years. This is an incredibly exciting time to be involved in education. I am looking forward to being part of the collaborative learning community that Greystone Centennial Middle School is known for and to work alongside amazing educators, great students, and a supportive community."
Tanya Neuman, Assistant Principal
Stony Plain Central School (K-9)
Tanya Neuman has 15 years of experience on her teaching resume and all of those have been with Parkland School Division at High Park School. She has been a K-9 music specialist with teaching experience in Social Studies, Math, Band and Drama. On various occasions, Tanya has filled the role of Acting Principal at High Park School when called upon. Tanya earned her Bachelor of Education with a major in Secondary Music and minor in Mathematics from the University of Alberta. Additionally, she added a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland in 2012.
"I am grateful to have been a part of the High Park School community and will cherish all of the amazing experiences and opportunities that I have had. I am excited to be joining the team at Stony Plain Central and look forward to being a part of this community of learners."
Cam Robertson, Assistant Principal
Spruce Grove Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Cam earned his Bachelor of Education - secondary route from the University of Alberta in 2001 and has been a passionate educator within Parkland School Division since 2002. For the first 12 years of his time with PSD, he served the students and staff of Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain as teacher, Social Studies Department Head and as Innovative Teaching Coordinator. For the past 2 years, Cam has been Assistant Principal at Stony Plain Central School.
"It's been an absolute privilege to be a member of the Stony Plain Central team for the last 2 years. I will genuinely miss the strong relationships that exist among students and staff at SPC. I look forward to joining the Spruce Grove Composite High School staff as we work with students, parents, community partners and each other to create quality learning environments for all."
Mark Rose, Assistant Principal
Spruce Grove Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Mark Rose has spent his entire 19-year teaching career in Parkland School School Division at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain. After completing his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta, he came west to teach Physical Education and Social Studies at the high school. He would later fill the role as the Extracurricular Coordinator at the school for 10 years supporting athletics through the Edmonton Public League and the Alberta Schools' Athletics Association. Mark’s been serving the school community in his current role as Assistant Principal since 2008. His portfolio includes being the Grade Coordinator responsible for supporting FNMI students and families, the Memorial Composite High School Outreach Campus as well as the school’s Athletics programs. Mark is also currently engaged in Master's degree coursework in Aboriginal studies.
"I’m excited for the opportunity to join the leadership team and staff at Spruce Grove Composite. I’m looking forward to building on my experience while working with staff, students and parents who support the community of Spruce Grove. I will deeply miss my Memorial family of 19 years but will continue to model leadership that supports the safe and caring schools concept as foundation for building lasting relationships and promoting responsible citizenship in our students."
Chris Shaw, Assistant Principal
Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Chris Shaw is currently in his 21st year in education and all but two of his years in his professional career have been with Parkland School Division. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education English and Social Studies, Chris began his journey at Mayerthorpe Junior/Senior High School. His 19 years at Spruce Grove Composite High School included 5 years as the English Department Head before starting his administrative career in 2010 as a Grade Coordinator. Chris has been in his current role as Assistant Principal since 2011. Chris also earned a Master’s degree from the Department of Educational Policy Studies in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta in 2014. Chris currently sits on the Provincial Planning Committee for High School Redesign and is a member of Alberta Education's High School Completion External Committee.
"I am proud to have been a part of all of the amazing accomplishments at Spruce Grove Composite and am grateful to have been part of such an amazing team. While I will greatly miss the friendships I have made throughout the years at Spruce Comp, having had the opportunity to work with the M.C.H.S. staff in the past, I am excited to be able to contribute to the vibrant and progressive learning community at my High School alma mater."
For more information contact:
Kelly D. Wilkins
Parkland School Division No.70