For the past six years I was in the Saanich School District where I was the Assistant Superintendent. Prior to that, I was here in SD62 for five years. My very first year of teaching was in Burn’s Lake – it was great!
I’m from Duncan and went to school at UVic, so I have been on the island pretty much my whole life.
Getting the opportunity to lead the district of course! One of the great things about SD62 is that nothing is broken here. I get to be in a school district that will go from strong to stronger. SD62 isn’t a small country school district anymore, it’s a large urban district, so we need to focus on the infrastructure that goes along with supporting that.
I think it’s the connections and relationships you get to establish over time. You get a year in a classroom to do this and those relationships continue throughout the student’s schooling and beyond. Same thing goes for colleagues. It’s really amazing to experience and be part of.
Good question! Managing the growth and making sure we have great facilities for our students today and in the future, is a big one. But it’s also about the kids that we have in classrooms today. We’re at a point where we are looking at helping them get beyond graduation and into post secondary school. What are the best pathways and choices we can give students to help them transition to post secondary? This is a major question we will focus on.
The most important thing is that decisions are based on what’s best for kids first and that the answers may not always be the answers adults want to hear. It might be the for the greater good for all students. It’s balancing the individual against the group need and looking at it all through the student lens as opposed to the adult lens.
That I value their input and that I recognize the challenge that exists in the system for them. Our students should know that they are getting the best possible education in SD62. This is a great place to be and a great place to learn – it will set them up for life. It’s not a second-tier education system in SD62.
Well, I can still do a pretty good cartwheel, I don’t think I can do a back hand-spring anymore though. I can still hit a pretty good free-throw on the basketball court too.
Our new puppy is making things busy! Other than that, I’m pretty active and like to run, surf, stand-up paddle board and snowboard as much as I can. I also just like to relax with family and friends and really try to enjoy where we live.
I’m typically not allowed to do the grocery shopping in the family because I will always come home with chips and or ice cream…always!
I also just finished the Tough Mudder in Whistler and I was able to compete all five obstacles. Our team name was “Men of a Certain Age” hahaha. It was three hours, 18 km, 24 obstacles and a lot of mud!
When the spotlight is on me, like this interview! I can stand up and talk to 1000 people about education, but as soon as it is about me…yikes. Speaking of which, this is the last question, right?