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New roles for PWSD staff – Leadership update for the 2016-2017 school year

August 24, 2016

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the following changes to leadership staffing, effective the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Students will return to classes on Thursday, September 1.


Executive staffing update

Bob Stewart
has been named Deputy Superintendent at PWSD. Mr. Stewart served as PWSD’s Assistant Superintendent Learning Services since 2014, and was the Assistant Superintendent Inclusive Education in 2011-2014. In 1996-2011, he held the principalship of Clairmont Community School, Teepee Creek School and Elmworth School, and was the Assistant Principal at Harry Balfour School. Prior to moving into leadership roles, Mr. Stewart taught at Teepee Creek School and with Fort Vermillion School Division. His academic credentials include a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of Alberta.

Darren Young has been appointed to the role of Assistant Superintendent Learning Services at PWSD. Mr. Young joined PWSD in 2014 as Principal of Harry Balfour School. Throughout his career at PWSD and Fort Vermillion School Division, Mr. Young has been actively involved in a broad range of divisional leadership activities. He has served as a member of PWSD’s Professional Development Committee, District Finance Committee and the Whispering Ridge Community School Design Team. As a member of the Aspiring Leaders Development and Selection Team, he worked to develop a curriculum outline for Principals, served on the selection committee for prospective applicants, and is a presenter of the leadership development course. Mr. Young’s academic credentials include a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of University Studies with a focus in Elementary Education from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cape Breton University.


Seven PWSD staffers assume new school administration assignments

Shawn O’Shea has been appointed Principal Designate of Whispering Ridge Community School, PWSD’s new Kindergarten - Grade 8 school which is currently under construction in the Whispering Ridge subdivision. Mr. O'Shea’s fourteen-year career in education includes more than a decade of school administration, along with teaching experience ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In addition to five years as Principal of Clairmont Community School, he also served as Principal of Woking School and Assistant Principal at Peace Wapiti Academy. He holds a Master's Degree in Administration and Leadership from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Social Studies and English Language Arts, from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining PWSD in 2006, he was employed by Fort Vermillion School Division.

Kevin Elias has been appointed Principal of Clairmont Community School. Mr. Elias began his teaching career in 2003 at Fort Vermillion School Division, followed by a move to PWSD in 2014 as Assistant Principal at Clairmont Community School. He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Christan Gee has been selected as the new Principal of Harry Balfour School. Mr. Gee joined PWSD as Principal of Elmworth School in 2013. Prior to moving to Alberta, he spent eight years in the roles of acting Principal and teacher at Watson Lake, YT. His professional teaching career began in 2003 in Orillia, ON where he taught at OASIS, an alternative high school, and at Twin Lakes Secondary School, a large high school. Prior to graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Maine in 2003, Mr. Gee completed a Bachelor of Arts at Acadia University and worked with incarcerated youth, teaching courses in career and life planning.

Cynthia Gauthier has been appointed Principal of Elmworth School. Ms. Gauthier has been employed at PWSD since 1998 in the roles of District Principal, Inclusive Education Learning Coach, High School Counsellor, Special Education Coordinator and teacher, and English teacher. Prior to joining PWSD, Ms. Gauthier was employed as a Principal at Fort Vermillion School Division and taught at the High Prairie and Edmonton Public School Divisions. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta; a Master of Education in Special Education from Flinders University in Australia; and numerous certifications and affiliations in coaching, inclusive education, youth engagement, and social-emotional wellness.

Jen Clevette has been appointed Principal of Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley. Ms. Clevette began her teaching career in 2000 at Lac La Biche, followed by a move to PWSD as a teacher at Hythe Regional School. In 2008, she became PWSD’s Educational Technologist and spent three years in the role, sharing technology enhancements for teaching and learning at schools across the Division. In 2011, she made the move to school administration as Assistant Principal at Peace Wapiti Academy. She has been active in teacher professional development in her former roles as Program Chair for the Mighty Peace Teachers Convention, Northwest Regional Learning Consortium Board Member, and Chair of Professional Development for the Northern Spirit ATA Local. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Lethbridge; a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education, specializing in Social Studies and Math, from the University of Alberta; and is currently working toward a Master in Educational Studies, with a focus on one-to-one technology, from the University of Alberta.

Elizabeth Linfield has been named Principal of Bezanson School. Ms. Linfield began her teaching career in 2002 as a junior high math and sciences teacher at Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD), before moving into the role of Grade 1 teacher in an inclusive learning environment. In 2007, she advanced to Coordinator of GPPSD’s Hearing Impaired Program and also worked with the Peace Collaborative Team to support Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. In 2013, she joined PWSD as an Inclusive Education Coach and Lead Coach for Students with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Needs. Ms. Linfield holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. In 2015, she was recognized along with members of the PWSD Inclusive Coaching Team with a Passionate Heart Team Award.

Eaglesham School has adopted a co-principalship model which will see Principal Terry Pattison sharing administrative duties with Fiona Logan. Ms. Logan began her teaching career in 1987 at Frontier School Division in northern Manitoba. In 1992, she joined Eaglesham School where she has spent the past 24 years teaching French as a Second Language and Social Studies at the elementary, junior and senior high levels. She also fulfilled the role of Acting Principal at the school during the spring of 2016, was involved in establishing the Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program, has been a DELF Examiner for the past five years, and participated in a teacher exchange to France in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Lethbridge, with a double major in French and Canadian Studies, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta’s Faculté Saint-Jean.

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