Principal Appointments for 2016 - 2017
Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Tim Monds is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2016-2017 school year effective August 2016. Both of the Division's high schools will be under new leadership as Mike Hubick returns from a secondment with Alberta Education to become Principal at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain. Mike will fill the spot left vacant by Shauna Boyce who is the newest Associate Superintendent at Parkland School Division. New to the division will be Cheryl Otto who makes the transition from Hilltop High School in Whitecourt to become the Principal of Spruce Grove Composite High School following the retirement of Darlene Marcinkevics.
Two current Assistant Principals receive their first Principal appointments in Parkland School Division as Anil Padayas re-enters the K-9 school environment at Graminia School while Treena Neumann takes over at École Broxton Park for the retiring Randy Hetherington.
Construction will begin shortly on the second new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school in Spruce Grove. Extensive planning, hiring and logistical decisions continue and will now require the leadership from its first principal, Linda Simmonds.
“Parkland School Division continues our journey of creating a culture of learning together and this next wave of Principal appointments captures the essence of our Divisional goal of Universal Leadership," stated Superintendent Monds, “Once we start sharing our knowledge, we really start to see our unified Vision and Mission lived out no matter what building you step into in Parkland School Division. These indivduals have exhibited the ability to take risks, foster relationships and enable staff and students to innovate, share and redefine approaches to traditional learning. We're excited to see the world open up in new ways under new leadership.”
Mike Hubick, Principal
Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Mike began his teaching career in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1990 teaching French Immersion in Grades 3 to 5 as well as Grades 9 - 12. Mr. Hubick's first administrative role was as a Principal in a Kindergarten to Grade 12 setting in the Prairie West School Division in Saskatchewan. 17 of Mike's 20 years as an administrator have been in the Province of Alberta which includes 2 years in the Northern Gateway Regional Division and 15 years in Parkland School Division with stops at Blueberry, École Broxton Park School, and his most recent post as Principal of Connections for Learning, Brightbank Academy and Forest Green School. Mike spent the last 2 years on secondment to Alberta Education. He was the Senior Education Manager with an Operations lead for the Regional Collaborative Service Delivery.
Mike earned his Baccalauréat-en-Éducation from the University of Regina in 1990. In 1998, he added a Master of Arts in Education in the International Education Leadership Program from San Diego State University.
“Memorial Composite High School has a long standing legacy of excellence. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with students, staff and the community to ensure opportunities for all students to excel remains the driving force behind our intentional, collaborative work.”
Treena Neumann, Principal
École Broxton Park School (K-9)
Treena Neumann’s teaching career began in 2004, working with various school divisions in Alberta, with a focus on Middle Years. Treena started with Parkland School Division in 2006 at Woodhaven Middle School, where she taught Grade 8/9 English, Social and Drama. Treena joined the PSD Leadership Team in 2011 as an Assistant Principal with Woodhaven Middle School. Treena also served as Acting Principal of Woodhaven School prior to her maternity leave in the spring of 2014. She's been on Staff at École Broxton Park as Assistant Principal for the 2015 - 2016 school year.
Treena earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001, with a major focus of Drama. In 2004, Treena earned her Bachelor of Education with Distinction – after degree, both from the University of Alberta.
“I am very excited to continue working with the staff, students and community at École Broxton Park School. It has been an amazing year being a part of the Fusion Team. I look forward building on the great work we have done together this year!”
Cheryl Otto, Principal
Spruce Grove Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)
Cheryl joins Parkland School Division having spent almost the entirety of her teaching career with Northern Gateway Public Schools in the high school environment at Hilltop High School. She has taught Junior and Senior High English Language Arts, Drama and Social Studies and was the English Department Head at Hilltop from 1999 - 2009. Cheryl's experience on school administrations range from Acting Assistant Principal, Assistant Principal and Co-Acting Principal from 2009 to today.
Cheryl obtained a Bachelor of Education in 1989 from the University of Alberta with specialization in Secondary English Language Arts, Social Studies and Drama. She earned a Masters of Education from the University of Alberta in 1999 with a specialization in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction.
“As a graduate of Spruce Grove Composite High School, I am thrilled to be returning, albeit on the other side of the desk. I welcome the opportunity to work with this dedicated staff as we move forward, "Building Excellence and Success Together!"
Anil Padayas, Principal
Graminia School (K-9)
Anil began his teaching career in Parkland School Division in 1992 on a short term contract teaching Grade 7 Math/Science at Stony Plain Central School. He went on to teach Junior and Senior High School Mathematics for 10 years in Grande Prairie and area leading to his first post as an Assistant Principal at the Peace Wapiti Academy. Anil is no stranger to the Kindergarten to Grade 9 school environment having served as Principal at Penson School just outside of Grande Prairie for 2 years before joining the team at Spruce Grove Composite High School in 2009. Anil has also stepped up to the role of Acting Principal at SGCHS when called upon.
Anil earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta with a major in Secondary Mathematics and minor in General Sciences. He obtained a Masters Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Leadership from the University of Northern British Columbia.
“I am very honoured to be given the Principal position at Graminia School. I look forward to working with the students, staff, and parents in maintaining an inclusive and diverse community that exhibits exuberance in student success and well being. I am excited to belong to a community that values quality learning that is created in a culture of creativity and innovation through collaboration and engagement.”
Linda Simmonds, Principal
New Spruce Grove School (K-9)
Linda has enjoyed a 31-year career in education with all but three of those years right here in Parkland School Division. She joined PSD in 1988 with teaching stops in Entwistle, Forest Green and Graminia Schools. Linda's first role in administration was in 2005 as an Assistant Principal at Forest Green. She's also served as Principal for Brightbank Academy, Forest Green School, Connections for Learning and has been in her current role as Principal at Graminia since 2009.
Linda earned both her Education degree and Masters of Education at the University of Alberta.
"I am passionate about the work of schools and am proud to have served students for more than 30 years. I believe that all students are entitled to the finest education possible and have always been inspired to make that happen as a community member, parent, classroom teacher, assistant principal and in my most recent roles as Principal of various Parkland School Division schools. I'm excited to begin a new journey opening a brand new school in Spruce Grove. Not only will we have a new facility but what an opportunity it will be to build a culture of learning with new students, staff and the parent community."
For more information contact:
Kelly D. Wilkins
Parkland School Division No.70