Additional Administrative Appointments for 2019-2020
May 17, 2019 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year effective August, 2019. Two new Principals will be in place for Tomahawk School and Seba Beach School while three current administrators move to new assignments. Four current Parkland School Division teachers will be transitioning to administrator roles and the Division welcomes another successful applicant from outside the province.
“Parkland School Division’s administrative pool is deep”, stated Superintendent Boyce.
“We are so excited for these additions to an already exceptional Leadership Team throughout the Division. Each successful candidate presents a unique skill set and body of experience but all are ready to serve our students by building positive relationships and will be strong members of their respective learning communities.”
Leanne Gruending, Principal
Seba Beach School (K-9)
Leanne Gruending began her teaching career in 2009 and has spent most of her professional career with Bjorkdale School in Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan. She's been a Differentiated Instruction Facilitator, has taught English Language Arts & Creative Writing as well as Math and Art in the Middle Years and High School setting. She became an administrator as Principal in Bjorkdale in 2011 and has been a Principal at Lord Asquith School just west of Saskatoon in the Prairie Spirit School Division since August of 2013.
Ms. Gruending earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and a Masters of Educational Administration from the U of S in 2015.
"I am incredibly excited to be a part of the community of learners and leaders in Parkland School Division. I hope to bring with me my energy, experience, enthusiasm and my passion for the Heart Work we do everyday as educators."
Fran Bell, Principal
Tomahawk School (K-9)
Fran Bell’s teaching experience began abroad as a Middle Years Math, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in Kalispell, Montana in 2004.. She first joined Parkland School in 2006 at Ecole Broxton Park School when she spent ten years in various classrooms from Grade 5 through 9. She moved to Woodhaven Middle School for the 2016-17 school year and then worked two years as a Collaborative Teaching Partner serving students in Parkland School Division’s west end schools. Fran’s most recent role has been as a Behavioural Coach on secondment to serve partners in Alberta Education's Regional Collaborative Service Delivery.
"I am excited to continue the excellent work already established at Tomahawk School. I look forward to supporting staff, students, and families as we work together to build a positive learning community."
Current Principal, Christa Nicholson, is returning to a full-time teaching position as a Collaborative Teaching Partner with a focus on numeracy, mental health and nature-based programming.
“We’d like to first thank Christa for her leadership and contributions to Parkland School Division’s Lead Team these past few years and for all she’s done in her hometown community," stated Superintendent Boyce.
Heather Brownlee, Assistant Principal
Muir Lake School (K-9)
Heather Brownlee has enjoyed various roles in Parkland School Division since 1994. She's been a classroom teacher at Queen Street Elementary and Muir Lake School covering Kindergarten and Grades 3 through 5. She has been the Literacy Lead at Muir Lake School since 2012, an Inclusive Education Lead and Acting Principal.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1993. She has since added a Diploma in Inclusive Education from the U of A and has completed the requirements for a Masters of Education: Education Research, Specialization in Leadership from the University of Calgary as a member of the Parkland School Division cohort.
"I am honoured to continue to serve the Muir Lake community as we welcome our new principal as we set our sights on continued excellence."
Marc Dickner, Assistant Principal
École Broxton Park School
Marc Dickner has been teaching since 2008 with various roles in Edmonton Public Schools, Living Waters Catholic School Division, and Parkland School Division. His introduction to Parkland School Division came as a brief stint as a Phys. Ed teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School. Since then, Marc has had teaching roles at French Immersion schools primarily in Early and Middle Years settings. He has a background in physical education and has been a member of the Division’s Tech Focus and Lead Learning & Technology Policy Framework groups.
Marc earned his combined Bachelor of Physical Education/Education for Secondary at the University of Alberta in 2009. He completed the University transfer program with a Diploma in Kinesiology from Red Deer College. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Educational Studies & Work as well as Organization & Leadership through Athabasca University.
"I am very grateful and honored to have worked, learned and professionally grown with the students, colleagues and families from École Meridian Heights School. I am very excited to begin working with the FUSION team at École Broxton Park School, particularly in building new relationships, promoting wellness through movement and the 'joie de vivre' for French Immersion."
Marsie Fisk, Assistant Principal
Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Marsie has had many wonderful opportunities as a teacher in Northern Gateway Public Schools and Parkland School Division. She began her teaching career in 1995 with job postings in Valleyview and Whitecourt. During her 10 years in Parkland School Division, she has held various roles including Math Teacher, Inclusive Education Lead, Learning Coach, and Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning, École Broxton Park School and École Meridian Heights School.
Marsie earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta, with a major focus in French As A Second Language. She recently completed a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Vancouver Island University.
“I feel so grateful to have worked alongside so many students and staff at Memorial Composite High School, École Broxton Park, Connections for Learning, and most recently at École Meridian Heights School. I feel as though I am coming full circle; returning to the high school fills my heart. I look forward to supporting all the amazing things that are available to our youth at Memorial.”
Heather Huisman, Assistant Principal
École Meridian Heights School (K-9)
Heather’s educational journey began overseas in Japan teaching English as a second language to high school students in Tsuwano as part of Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. She travelled abroad from 1999 to 2001 before returning to the Edmonton area to begin her 17-year career with Parkland School Division. She’s provided modified programming for students with diverse needs in Grades 1 through 6, has been an Early Education teacher, a Collaborative Teaching Partner with Early Childhood Services and an Early Childhood Facilitator working with a multi-disciplinary team supporting school teams, children, and families throughout the division in Early Ed and Kindergarten. She has been a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Millgrove School since January, 2019.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 1999 as well as a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland in 2012.
“I am excited to join the École Meridian Heights team and look forward to getting to know the staff, children and families within the community. I will miss the PSD ECS team, however, I am looking forward to sharing all that I have learned from this strong team and continue my learning and collaboration.”
“We’d like to extend a big thank you to outgoing Assistant Principal Berenice MacKenzie for all she’s done for Parkland School Division students over the years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours as she and her family pursue new opportunities in British Columbia.” stated Superintendent Boyce.
Nicole Marcinkevics, Assistant Principal
Graminia School (K-9)
Nicole began her teaching career with Parkland School Division at Stony Plain Central School after earning her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2008. In her decade in education, she has taught at Stony Plain Central School, Brookwood School, and Prescott Learning Centre, along with one year in Northern Lights School Division. Her most recent role in Parkland has been as a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Prescott, Graminia, and Parkland Village Schools working with Kindergarten to Grade 9 students and teachers in the area of literacy. Along with her teaching and team-teaching experience in Early Years classrooms, Nicole has taught Grade 7 band and developed a Career & Technology Foundations course for Prescott students interested in textiles and design.
Nicole completed her Master’s of Education with a focus on Early Learning and Literacy from the University of Alberta in 2013. In 2016, she began a Master’s of Business Administration, with a focus on Leadership and Strategic Management at the University of Alberta School of Business.
“I am honoured to continue working alongside Graminia staff and students in my new role and am excited to continue contributing to the great work already underway.”
Linnaea Nielsen, Assistant Principal
Spruce Grove Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Linnaea started her teaching career with Regina Public Schools teaching Grade 7/8 French Immersion. She began joined Parkland School Division teaching in both the Maranatha Christian program and French Immersion programs in 2010, teaching Grades 5 through 9. Linnaea began her administrative career when she took on her most recent post as Assistant Principal of Ecole Broxton Park School beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
Linnaea completed a Baccalauréat-en-Éducation from the University of Regina in 2008, which included 1 year at Laval University in Quebec City. She recently obtained a Master of Education degree, with a specialization in Leadership, through the University of Calgary.
"My time at École Broxton Park School has been extremely rewarding and I am grateful for the strong relationships I have built. I will miss the Fusion spirit. I look forward to building new relationships and it will be a privilege to work with the amazing staff, students and community of Spruce Grove Composite High School.”
Donna Miners, Assistant Principal
Duffield School (K-9)
Donna began her teaching career in 1991 with Wildrose School Division in Drayton Valley where she taught primarily Grade One and Grade Three. Her first stop with Parkland School Division was actually Duffield School in 2006 where she spent a total of eleven school years. Ms. Miners also had teaching posts with Grande Yellowhead School Division in that span. She has previously served in an Acting Administration role at Duffield. She’s held roles as Collaborative Teaching Partner and Acting Assistant Principal at Duffield School.
Donna earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in 1991 and is currently in the Masters of Educational Studies program at the University of Alberta.
“I am honoured and excited to continue working with everyone at Duffield School. The dedicated staff, inspired students and invested community make this school a wonderful place to work!”
Roni Pirot, Assistant Principal
École Meridian Heights School (K-9)
Roni Pirot has built a 16-year educational career working in various French Immersion and dual-track schools within the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg. She has taken on roles such as: Classroom Teacher, in assignments from Grade 2 through 6, Learning Support Teacher and Acting Principal. Roni was selected to participate in the Provincial Committee for the Implementation of the New ELA Curriculum and the Consulting Committee during the renewal of the French Immersion curriculum. She's been involved in her Division's Aboriginal Education Planning Committee and has recently completed Treaty Education Training.
Roni has completed a Post Baccalauréat en administration scolaire et en litératie from the Université de Saint-Boniface. She is currently working towards a Master in Education in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from the University of Manitoba.
"I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity to become part of and collaborate with the staff, the students and the parents of the PSD community."
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