Rocky View Schools Announces Leadership Changes for 2022-23 School Year

Rocky View Schools has revealed which principals will be traveling or joining the school division this summer.

Rocky View Schools (RVS) Superintendent of Schools Greg Luterbach announced a series of public school division leadership and leadership appointments that will take effect in August.

“Our administrative leadership team is a team of dedicated, experienced and passionate educators,” Luterbach said in an RVS press release. “I congratulate each of our principals and vice-principals on their new roles and look forward to another great school year shaped by their leadership. »

Shane Dempster, Bow Valley Secondary School, Cochrane

Shane Dempster will join RVS from High Level Public School, where he is currently principal, to lead Bow Valley Secondary School in Cochrane as the new principal.

Dempster worked for 20 years in education with the Fort Vermilion School Division in northern Alberta. During this time, he has served as a junior and senior high school teacher, curriculum coordinator, vice principal and principal. He has spent nearly a decade in school leadership.

He holds a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education K-8 from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Calgary. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

A passionate educational leader, Dempster prides himself on open and honest communication.

Jim Reilly, CW Perry School, Airdrie

Jim Reilly will become principal of CW Perry School in Airdrie, after spending four years at Bow Valley Secondary School, first as acting principal in 2018 and then as principal from 2019. He has also been a teacher and Acting Vice-Principal at Cochrane High School. and Vice-Principal at George McDougall Secondary School in Airdrie.

Reilly holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, as well as a Bachelor of Journalism with a minor in English from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and an Associate’s Degree in Music from Malaspina University- Middle School.

As an education leader, he strives to empower others and foster a culture of respect, caring, achievement and celebration.

Lindsay Adams, Edwards Primary School, Airdrie

Lindsay Adams will return to Edwards Primary School in Airdrie next year, where she held her first trustee role as vice principal from 2013.

Adams’ career in education began in 2004 in Ontario and she previously worked as a literacy coach, early reading intervention teacher and French immersion teacher. She was appointed to her first principal’s position at Elbow Valley Elementary School in 2016 and later as the first principal of Airdrie’s Northcott Prairie School in 2019.

She holds a Master of Education, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology, all from Nipissing University, as well as her Leadership Quality Standards certification. While at RVS, she served as Chair of the French Immersion Benchmarks Committee and as a member of the Literacy and Numeracy Task Force.

Shannon Storey-Heffer, Langdon School, Langdon

Shannon Storey-Heffer will take up her first role as Head of SVR at Langdon School next year, having served as Vice-Principal and Acting Headmistress at East Lake Primary School in Chestermere since 2018.

A teacher at Chestermere Secondary School from 2003, Storey-Heffer became an administrator at RVS in 2017 as Vice-Principal of Bow Valley Secondary School in Cochrane, before joining East Lake.

Storey-Heffer holds a Master of Education in Business and Leadership from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Education in Social Studies from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Human History. ‘King’s College/Dalhousie University.

A priority for Storey-Heffer is to better understand and support the social and mental well-being of students, while mentoring and mentoring teachers.

Devon Sawby, Northcott Prairie School, Airdrie

Devon Sawby will continue to lead Northcott Prairie School as principal after serving as the school’s acting principal in 2021-22. This will be Sawby’s first time as principal after becoming vice principal at Edwards Elementary School in 2016 and then vice principal at Bow Valley Secondary School in 2019.

Before becoming an administrator, Sawby taught social studies and French language arts at George McDougall High School for eight years beginning in 2008.

Sawby holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management from Royal Roads University, as well as a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Humanities from the University of Calgary. She believes that all students can reach their learning potential when they are trusted and respected.

Tammy Rahn, Rainbow Creek Elementary School, Chestermere

Long-time RVS Administrator Tammy Rahn will leave her current position as Principal of Langdon School to become Principal of Rainbow Creek Elementary School in Chestermere. Rahn became a division administrator in 2008, assuming the role of vice-principal at Chestermere Lake Middle School. In 2010, she became principal of this school and later moved to Langdon School in 2017.

She first joined RVS as a teacher in 1995 and worked at Cochrane’s Mitford Middle School and Chestermere Lake Middle School. She began her teaching career as a special education teacher in Stony Plain, Alberta.

Rahn holds a Master of Education in Inclusion and Diversity Leadership from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Special Education from the University of Alberta. Rahn is a student-centered educator who is not afraid to try new learning approaches that will benefit students.

Glen Brooker, Springbank Middle School, Springbank

Glen Brooker will take on his first lead role at Springbank Middle School in August, having served as vice-principal at WH Croxford High School in Airdrie since 2019.

Brooker has been an RVS administrator since 2016, when he became vice-principal at Cochrane High School. Prior to that, he worked as a teacher or athletic director since 1998 at schools including Bert Church High School in Airdrie, Bow Valley High School and the RVS Building Futures program.

He holds a Masters of Education from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Education in History from the University of Alberta, and a Certificate in Distance Adult Education from the University of Calgary. . He believes that the foundation of learning is equity, diversity and inclusion for all learners.

Earl Castiglione, Westbrook School, Rocky View County

Earl Castiglione will become principal of Westbrook School after serving as vice-principal at Bert Church High School since 2018. A teacher and learning specialist since 1992 with Chinooks Edge School Division and the Calgary School Board, Castiglione joined RVS in 2017 as Deputy Headmaster at Sarah Thompson School in Langdon, before joining Bert Church the following year. This will be his first direction.

Castiglione holds a Master of Education in School Administration from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a Bachelor of Education in Secondary English and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary.

Castiglione believes that an effective school offers young people the opportunity to understand the world, find opportunities and engage in personal growth.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, congratulations to each of these Directors on their new assignment as Director,” said Fiona Gilbert, Board Chair, in the press release. “We appreciate their strong commitment to student success and their contributions as leaders in our schools and communities. »

In addition, the following individuals will take on new administrative roles within the division:

  • Shawna Neis – from principal of Prince of Peace Lutheran School in Rocky View County to vice principal of AE Bowers Elementary School in Airdrie.
  • Dan New – from Vice Principal of Prince of Peace Lutheran School to Vice Principal of Bert Church High School.
  • Tim Hasiuk – from principal of Millarville Community School to vice principal of Bow Valley High School.
  • Aaron Hiebart – from Vice-Principal of Brooks Junior High School to Vice-Principal of Chestermere High School.
  • Lesley-Anne Petcoff – from vice principal at WG Murdoch School in Crossfield to vice principal at Cochrane Secondary School.
  • Susan Noble – from Acting Vice-Principal of Bearspaw School to Vice-Principal of East Lake School.
  • Kelly Beaton – from Acting Deputy Director of RVS Community Learning Center (CLC) to Deputy Director of RVS CLC.
  • Tracy Lyons – from Vice-Principal of Cochrane High School to Vice-Principal of RVS CLC.
  • Gwen Dawes Harker – from Deputy Director of RVS CLC to Deputy Director of WG Murdoch.
  • Scott Thompson – from Acting Vice Principal of Bow Valley High School to Vice Principal of WH Croxford High School.

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