HPSD prepares for 2018-19 school year

Supervisors shuffled

Julia Drefs has been appointed supervisor of curriculum.
Brennan McDonald was named supervisor of inclusion.
Richard Froese
South Peace News

High Prairie School Division has appointed three supervisors for the 2018-19 school year.

Julia Drefs is the supervisor of curriculum, Brennan McDonald supervisor of inclusion, and Michelle Downing supervisor of instruction.

Drefs has been with the division since 1992, most recently as curriculum co-ordinator after serving as division mentor-coach for six years until 2014.

In addition to teaching at both High Prairie Elementary School and Prairie River Junior High School, Drefs has four years of administration experience as vice-principal at PRJH for one year, followed by three years as principal.

Michelle Downing has been appointed supervisor of instruction.

McDonald has served with HPSD since 2004. He moves from supervisor of education, inclusion after one year. Before, he was an inclusive education co-ordinator.

McDonald was principal at PRJH for two years and has three years of experience as a vice-principal.

Downing has been the division inclusive education co-ordinator for the past two years. Before, she was the division facilitator of curriculum assessment and intervention, and an inclusive education coach.


Emter promoted to human resources

Treva Emter is the new assistant superintendent of human resources.
Richard Froese
South Peace News

Treva Emter has been appointed the new assistant superintendent of human resources for High Prairie School Division.

She will assume the role from Johnathon Wiedrick, who will leave July 19 and move to a school division in Kamloops, B.C.

Emter has been with HPSD for more than 20 years. She has nine years of experience in the classroom, six of those with HPSD at Prairie River Junior High School in High Prairie and the other three with Northland School Division at Gift Lake.

Emter became the technology co-ordinator in 2006. In 2009, she was appointed as the supervisor of instruction before whe was appointed to assistant superintendent of learning by HPSD in 2017.

Emter has facilitated professional learning opportunities at the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education conference and is a jurisdictional technology contact for Alberta Education.


Corless named principal at HPE

Kim Corless has been promoted as principal of High Prairie Elementary School.
Spencer Smith joins High Prairie Elementary School as the new vice-principal.
Richard Froese
South Peace News

Kim Corless has been promoted to principal at High Prairie Elementary School while Spencer Smith has been appointed as vice-principal.

Corless served as vice-principal at the school for four years and succeeds Mitch Ham- mond, who is moving to southern Alberta.

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.

She has more than 15 years of experience in the classroom and has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education, both from the University of British Columbia. She also has a Bachelor of Arts, also from UBC.

Smith taught at Joussard School the past three years after three years at Atikameg School.

He was also the acting administrator at Joussard School.

Smith has a Graduate Diploma of Education from the James Cook University of Queens- land, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts, English from the University of Guelph, Ont.

Smith has attended numerous training sessions in his time at HPSD including the 2017-18 Leadership Laboratory, 2018 Teacher Leadership: Maximizing Capacity in Individuals and Organizations, and 2017 Ed Tech Team Google Summit.


Green takes helm at Kinuso School

Linda Green is the new principal at Kinuso School.
Richard Froese
South Peace News

Linda Green has been appointed principal of Kinuso School.

Green has been a district principal with HPSD since 2016 and was the principal of Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake from 2012-16.

Outgoing principal Golda David will be working with the newly-developed virtual school program Academy of Personalized Learning that HPSD will launch in the fall.

Green has more than 18 years of teaching experience including more than eight years as vice-principal at both E.G. Wahlstrom and RMSS.

She also served as a co-administrator and special education co-ordinator with the Driftpile Community School.

Green has her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and her Master of Arts, Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.

Vice-principal Christopher Gardner will become a learning support teacher at RMSS.


Bellerose to lead Indigenous support

Diane Bellerose has been appointed Indigenous support lead.
Richard Froese
South Peace News

Diane Bellerose has been appointed Indigenous support lead for High Prairie School Division.

The Indigenous support lead works closely with the division’s Indigenous support coaches, jurisdiction leadership, school administration and staff to primarily support Indigenous students.

Bellerose has been a career coach with HPSD for the past five years.

“HPSD is excited to announce that we are seeing a record number of students entering post-secondary institutions this year, continuing with dual-credit courses, and/or entering the world of work,” says HPSD board chair Tammy Henkel.

Before joining HPSD in 2013, Bellerose was a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder [FASD] success coach.


PRJH welcomes senior staff

Paula Taylor becomes the new principal at Prairie Junior High School.
Richard Froese
South Peace News

Paula Taylor has been appointed the principal and Troy Runzer the vice-principal of Prairie River Junior High School.

Taylor succeeds Jocelyn Heyde who retires. Runzer replaces Kyle Tucker who moves on to the Golden Hills School Division in Strathmore, working as a hockey leader of the hockey program for Grades 5-12.

Taylor was principal the last six years at Eaglesham School and Savanna School. She has 23 years of teaching experience.

Previously, she taught for Northland School Division in Gift Lake, Gold Trail District in British Columbia, Wabasee- moong Education Authority in Ontario, and several independent schools in China and South Korea.

Taylor has a Master of Arts in Education from Johnson State College, a Bachelor of Physical Education from Acadia University, and a Diploma in Fitness and Nutrition from ICS.

Runzer has more than 16 years of experience in the classroom and has been a school administrator for over six years.

His last teaching assignment was at Gift Lake School with Northland School Division.

Runzer has his Masters of Education from the University of Alberta and both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching from Concordia University.

Heyde retired after more than over 30 years in education.

Tucker worked for HPSD since 2013


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