October 5, 2017: During this morning's Board meeting, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) Board Chair Dana McIntosh shared that Superintendent Sheldon Rowe has formally announced his retirement following 37 years of service at PWSD, and that the Board has accepted his resignation, effective the end of August 2018.
The following transcript of Ms. McIntosh's announcement was emailed to all PWSD staff:
Dear PWSD Staff,
Great books, in order to be great, must draw us in. They must challenge us, offer us sage advice, encourage us, provide knowledge, and leave us changed for the better. I once read a quote that said, "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
Like great books, our lives and careers are made up of many chapters. The most unfortunate part about great books and great careers is that they must also include two words – "The End."
As Chair of the Board, it is my duty to inform you that Superintendent Sheldon Rowe has formally announced his retirement following 37 years of service at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD), and that the Board has accepted his resignation, effective the end of August 2018.
Sheldon's resignation will be a loss for the Division, but we will continue to lean on him as a constant source of strong leadership for the remainder of his term. His approach to retirement reflects his commitment to PWSD – with careful planning and proactive measures. In keeping with his expectations of others, Sheldon informally advised our Trustees more than one year ago that retirement was on his horizon. This selfless act has provided transition time for the Board to develop a succession plan that will be rolled out in the coming days.
Board Chair, Peace Wapiti Public School Division
About Superintendent Sheldon Rowe
Superintendent Sheldon Rowe's career in education began as a teacher at Beaverlodge Regional High School in 1980 through the County of Grande Prairie, one of the founding school boards from which Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) was formed. During 1981-1991, he gained elementary and junior high experience in teaching positions at Teepee Creek School and Harry Balfour School. He moved into administration as Vice-Principal of the former Hythe Regional Junior High School in 1991, followed by a promotion to Principal in 1993. In 1996, he was named Principal of Wembley Elementary and Helen E. Taylor Schools. A strong leader and patient mentor, his commitment to unfailing fairness, integrity and honesty saw him quickly advance through the roles of Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs in 2001, Deputy Superintendent in 2004, and Superintendent in 2006.
Among his academic and professional credentials are a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Victoria. As a teacher and Principal, he was actively involved with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA); worked with the former Department of Education to develop the province's social studies achievement testing and standards; and held membership on numerous committees to support teacher evaluation, budgeting, finance, and political action. As Superintendent, his administrative portfolio has included accountability for inclusive education, School Improvement Plans, teacher evaluation, technology, counseling, professional learning communities, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis programming. A member of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), he has served in various roles, including Zone 1 Chair and Director. Through the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta (PSBAA), he served as a member of the Standing Committee on the Foundation Program and in the development of the E4 Report – The Essential Elements for Excellent Education in Alberta's Public Schools.
An active Rotarian, his career and personal life embody the organization's 'Service Above Self' motto. Beyond his profession, he has supported youth through the Rotary Service Scholarship and Rotary Adventures in Citizenship committees, as Chair of the United Way AB Northwest, and as a member of the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club Association. As a parent, he has been involved with the Boy Scouts of Canada, coached sports and sat on School Councils.
Reflecting on his lengthy career in education, Superintendent Rowe said, "I have raised my children, helped other parents raise theirs, and developed a number of excellent friendships. I really do not know any other career reality than working with children and teachers, but I cannot imagine a more fulfilling career."
In expressing gratitude for the opportunities and support provided to him during his 37-year career, Mr. Rowe added that he could not have asked for a better place to work, nor a better group of people to work for and with. He also expressed appreciation for the time his career has allowed him to spend with his wife Brenda, their three children and four grandchildren.
"It has been a privilege to serve Peace Wapiti Public School Division and to work with so many excellent educators and staff. When my retirement becomes effective at the end of August 2018, I know that I will be leaving the system in the very capable hands of a really great team."
Photo Caption: Superintendent Sheldon Rowe will retire at the end of August 2018, following 37 years of service at Peace Wapiti Public School Division. During his tenure, he has served as teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent.