South Peace News
St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie has welcomed a new vice-principal and four new teachers.
Bob Nieman became the new vice-principal for junior and senior high and brings more than 17 years experience in a variety of roles in administration, Catholic education and Cree culture.
“I want to be there for students and teachers to support them,” says Nieman, who also teaches Religion 35 and Work Safety.
He also plans to get involved in the students in other ways as a coach for golf, badminton and track and field.
Nieman previously served as principal of Paul Rowe Junior Senior High School in Manning and specializes in Math and Science.
He is originally from Saskatchewan where he earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina.
Four new teachers include three who recently graduated from Memorial University in St. John’s.
Marissa Veitch teaches Science 9, Chemistry 30, Math 10-20 and Math 10-30 as she launches her career.
She graduated in her hometown at Memorial University with a diploma in junior high studies with a major in biology and a minor in bio-chemistry.
Veitch plans to get involved with a club in the school.
Ping Yang Chen teaches Math in Grades 7-9, Social Studies 7, Religion 7 and Foods 7 and 9 in her first teaching position.
She graduated in 2018 with an Education Degree from Memorial University.
Originally from Taiwan, she also plans to get involved with a club in the school.
Paul Burton teaches Social Studies, English for Grades 10-12 and Career and Life Management.
He enters his second year of teaching, after one year in Montreal.
“I was working at a private school and wanted to work in a public school,” Burton says.
He plans to get involved with student activities.
“I think it’s important to get involved in the school,” Burton says.
He graduated in Memorial University with a Bachelor of Education in 2017 and Bachelor of History in 2016.
Tiffany Belesky teaches junior high Language Arts, Photography, Fitness and Travel and Tourism.
Starting her sixth year teaching, she started her career in Joussard before she moved to Edmonton.
She will coach junior girl’s volleyball.