The Board at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) is pleased to announce that Bob Stewart has been appointed Superintendent of Schools, effective September 1, 2018. This much-awaited announcement follows Ministerial approval that was granted to the PWPSD Board this morning.
Chair Dana McIntosh said the Board developed a comprehensive hiring process during the year following outgoing Superintendent Sheldon Rowe's retirement announcement. Trustees identified the key skills, attributes and necessary experience to respond to PWPSD's educational leadership mandate while fulfilling the demanding role of Superintendent.
"Mr. Stewart was selected by the Board from outstanding candidates and identified as a leader in key areas necessary to respond to the current challenges in education, including mental health, digital citizenship and budgeting. In addition to his proven commitment to students and staff, his career experience encompassed the full scope of the Board's educational leadership outline," adds Ms. McIntosh.
Since joining PWPSD Central Office in 2011, Mr. Stewart has advanced through a number of leadership positions, serving as Assistant Superintendent Inclusive Education, Assistant Superintendent Learning Services, and most recently as Deputy Superintendent. During 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 school administration, Mr. Stewart taught at Teepee Creek School and with Fort Vermillion School Division. He holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of Alberta.
To date, Mr. Stewart's administrative portfolio has covered the scope of school division leadership, including accountability for capital planning and projects, curriculum development, instruction, Hutterite Colony Schools, alternative education, educational achievement and analysis, inclusive education, School Improvement Plans, budget, professional staffing development and evaluation, technology, counseling, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis programming.
Mr. Stewart is a member of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). He has served on a number of PWPSD committees to support administrative finance and professional development, auditing, occupational health and safety, technology, and the former Alberta Initiative for School Improvement project. He has utilized professional development opportunities to strengthen his focus on educational leadership, labour and educational administration law, and First Nations education.
Mr. Stewart says he counts it a privilege to serve PWPSD in this new capacity.
"During the past 24 years at PWPSD, I have been fortunate to work with trustees, educators and staff who share and support my goal to provide quality educational programming and opportunities to our students. As I look ahead to the upcoming school year, I plan to continue to listen to staff to address the needs of our schools and collaborate with PWPSD leadership teams to develop professional learning opportunities that align with the new teaching quality standards."
In his personal life, Mr. Stewart is a member of Rotary and has enjoyed coaching minor hockey and working with youth organizations. He and his wife Rowena have four children who enjoy outdoor activities and travel. He replaces outgoing Superintendent Sheldon Rowe who will retire at the end of August following 38 years of service at PWPSD.