Please Welcome, Mrs. Churchill

There is a new face in the office at Holy Redeemer in the way of their new Principal, Mrs. Betty Churchill.

That said, for those people who are familiar with the Administration Team at Vanier School Mrs. Churchill is no one new as she was the Principal there for the past ten years. And now she will move to HRH to take on the main leadership role for the school.

“I am extremely excited to be joining this amazing school,” says Churchill. “I’m looking forward to making this transition period as smooth as possible. Not to mention to meeting all of these amazing students, staff, parents and community members at HRH.”

Churchill is no stranger to administration or teaching. After graduating from Memorial University in Newfoundland in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/English and a Bachelor of Education she began her career in 1991 at St. John’s Separate Schools. In 1992 she moved to Alberta where she would teach for Northland School Division for five years. In 1996 she joined the staff at Vanier and then was invited to become an Assistant Principal at the school in 2000. Churchill then completed her Masters of Science Education with a special focus on Educational Leadership, and then became the Principal at Vanier in 2009.

“Mrs. Churchill has a wealth of leadership experience and is committed to providing quality programming for all students in an inclusive setting,” says Living Waters Superintendent Jo-Anne Lanctot. “She has been instrumental in providing quality programming for all students in an inclusive setting. She has been instrumental in providing quality leadership in a faith-filled, safe and caring environment for students, staff and family at Vanier for the past 19 years.”

Churchill officially joined the HRH staff on April 23rd and will work with Principal Bill McGowan on a transition period until the end of the school year. McGowan will be retiring at the end of June.

Churchill says she is looking forward to the many challenges ahead, everything from high school diplomas, to junior and senior high option classes, to extra-curricular activities, to the Beyond the Classroom Program. “I want to make sure our students have the skills to be successful community members,” she says. “I’m also looking forward to reconnecting with all the students and parents that I met through my years at Vanier.” Churchill says she wishes to reconnect on a professional level with the all the staff she worked with 17 years ago at Vanier before HRH opened as the grade 7 to 12 school in Edson.

When asked what things she wishes to work on right away Churchill wants to help make the transition from grade 6 to grade 7 as smooth as possible. “Finding opportunities to help our elementary students move into junior high is extremely important. Whether it is by finding connections in sports or other areas, we want to help our young students start off grade 7 on the right foot.”

Needless to say Churchill is excited about this new beginning at HRH. “My goal is to provide our students with every opportunity for them to be successful global citizens,” says Churchill. “I want to make sure that our students have what they need to learn and grow so that they can meet their full potential.”