CMSD82 News Release – 2019-2020 Leadership Staffing News – May 23, 2019

 

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the following leadership staffing appointments for the 2019-2020 school year:

Principal, Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School
Currently the Vice Principal at Skeena Middle School, Mark Newbery has been appointed to the position of Principal at Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School effective August 1, 2019.  Mark is a long-term employee with the school district and a long-term resident of Hazelton. He has served as Principal at Hazelton Secondary School from August 2015 to July 2018 and as Principal at Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School from April 2013 to July 2015 including various teaching positions in our Hazelton schools.  He holds a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Geography from Lakehead University, a Professional Development Program certification as a Primary School Teacher from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Education degree in Multi-disciplinary Leadership from the University of Northern British Columbia.  Mark has always shown passion in his profession, an understanding of and respect for local Indigenous peoples’ culture and history, and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people. Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School and the school community will benefit tremendously from having an educator with the experience and expertise that Mark will bring to the principalship role.

Vice Principal, Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School
Currently serving the school district as a Teacher at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, Robert Whitmell has been appointed Vice Principal at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School effective August 1, 2019.  Robert holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary English and Social Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.   He is highly respected as a knowledgeable and effective educator and school leader, having served in various teaching and leadership assignments at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School since 1994. His energy and passion for student success for all learners and his wealth of experience will serve the school community of Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School well.

Vice Principal, Skeena Middle School
Currently a Classroom and Physical Education Teacher at Caledonia Secondary School, Joe Dominguez has been appointed to the position of Vice Principal at Skeena Middle School effective August 1, 2019.   Joe holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Trinity Western University, a Bachelor of Physical Education degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg.  A highly regarded educator with over 10 years teaching and leadership experience within the school district, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new leadership position. His reputation as a team player, combined with his passion for student achievement and his strong commitment to all learners and their families will serve him well in his role as Vice Principal at Skeena Middle School.

Vice Principal, Skeena Middle School
Currently serving as a Classroom Teacher at Skeena Middle School, Sonja Donnan has been appointed to the position of Vice Principal at Skeena Middle School effective August 1, 2019.  A long-term employee with the school district, she holds a Master of Education degree in Innovative Educational Leadership from Vancouver Island University, a Post Degree Program qualification in Elementary Education from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Biology from the University of Victoria.  Sonja is an outstanding teacher with a thorough knowledge of instructional and motivational strategies for all learners including those from diverse backgrounds.  She has impacted the lives of many learners in a positive way, both inside and outside the classroom. Sonja brings a wealth of knowledge, teaching and leadership experience and a deep commitment to the success of all learners to her new leadership position with the Skeena Middle School community.

Coast Mountains School District is most fortunate to have passionate dedicated educators and individuals of this caliber assume the roles of Vice Principal within our school district and join our Leadership Team.

We congratulate Mark, Robert, Joe and Sonja on their appointments and wish them every success in their new positions.

 

Sincerely,

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

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