HPE welcomes new principals, teachers

New staff has been welcomed to High Prairie Elementary School with some familiar faces. Left-right, are new principal Kim Corless, new vice-principal Spencer Smith and teachers Hilary Zahacy, Crystal Stecik and Breanna Hartman.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

High Prairie Elementary School has welcomed new principals and several new teachers on staff.

Kim Corless was promoted to principal after serving as vice-principal the previous four years.

“The High Prairie Elementary School family is looking forward to a fun and exciting year of learning together,” says Corless, who has been employed with HPSD her entire 19-year career.

“Our education team brings together a huge variety of interests and experiences for all our children to have a fun and successful year.”

Corless previously served as division curriculum coach for four years in which she provided teacher support in planning, instruction, and assessment practices through professional development, mentoring, and team teaching.

Spencer Smith fills the role of vice-principal. He will also be teaching Physical Education from Kindergarten to Grade 5.

“I am excited to join the leadership of such a wonderful school,” says Smith, who taught at Joussard School the past three years after three years at Atikameg School.

Smith plans to get active in student hand games and archery as well as electronics, coding and robotics.

Three new teachers have also joined the staff.

Breanna Hartman starts her first year teaching, posted to Grade 1.

She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor in Education from the University of Calgary in her hometown and feels welcome in the small town.

“Everyone is super nice here,” Hartman says.

Hilary Zahacy has come home to teach Grade 3.

“I am excited to be teaching at the school where I was student,” says Zahacy who graduated in 2011 from E.W. Pratt School in High Prairie.

Crystal Stecik teaches Grade 4, and first worked for HPSD in 2008.

“I am excited to be here at HPE,” says Stecik, who was born and raised in High Prairie.


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