Board of Trustees - Ward 1
Ron Heinrichs graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science (with Distinction) in Environmental Biology and then completed an Alberta Teacher Certification Program. After teaching for four years in Calgary, he took a position with Parkland School Division where he taught for 26 years. During this time he completed numerous courses and certificate programs including: Special Education and Counselling, Child Behaviour and Psychology, and Internet Skills.
Teaching all grades from K-9 and most subject areas has provided him with a solid understanding of the uniqueness of each of these grades. As well, this has afforded the opportunity to work closely with students in a variety of areas including coaching teams and private music instruction.
Ron served as Principal in Parkland School Division (K-9 at Seba Beach School) for four years (2004-2008). As an administrator he has had the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the uniqueness of each of the west end schools and communities and their strengths as well as issues facing them. Working closely with students, teachers, principals and school councils and communities has provided the opportunity to develop and promote a positive, caring and understanding approach to education.
More recently Ron Heinrichs has completed a Masters and Doctorate Degree Program in Natural Health.
Starting in his eighth year as a trustee, Ron has gained a wealth of experience serving on a variety of Board Committees: Audit, Benefits,Teacher-Board Advisory, Student Advisory and Education. He has been an active participant at all west-end School Council meetings.
Ron has chaired both the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 (Central Alberta) and Provincial Alberta Student Health and Wellness Committees for two and a half years. During the 2016-2017 term, Ron served as Vice-Chair for Parkland School Division's Board as well as the representative on the provincial Public School Boards Council.
Ron believes that openness and collaboration between stakeholders is fundamental in ensuring an education for all students that maximizes their potential and makes success a reality. He believes that student motivation and engagement are paramount for the highest degree of learning and what is best for students should be the underlying factor in decision making.
Ron understands the importance that schools play in the smaller rural communities and is a strong and passionate promoter of rural education and the Public School System.