New VP Brings a Wealth of Experience
If anyone walks into the office at Holy Redeemer, they will be greeted by a few new faces. One person is the new Principal, Betty Churchill, who began taking over the position in a transition phase in April, and the other is the school’s new Assistant Principal, Mick Sahib.
“I’m looking to forward to meeting the students and parents this year,” says Sahib. “I’m also looking forward to getting out in the community to seeing what Edson has to offer. Thus far, things look great.”
Sahib graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science. After graduating, he spent a year in Mexico teaching. “This is where I gained a lot of passion for teaching,” he says. And even though he spent a year teaching, it would still take some time before he began teaching in Alberta.
Over the next decade Sahib received his Masters in Medical Microbiology from the University of Manitoba. He was able to write several publications and articles that are published on topics relating to microbiology. Afterwards he began working in a laboratory for the Public Health Agency of Canada in Winnipeg. There he contributed to making vaccines for Biosafety Level IV viruses. “Anytime there was a massive outbreak, we were tasked with developing a vaccine,” he says. “On top of that, I got to work with some the best scientists in the country.”
In 2011, Sahib travelled back to Alberta to be closer to family. He completed his Bachelor of Education degree from the U of A and began teaching. His first teaching job would see him teach adults at the Maximum Security Prison in Edmonton. After five years there, Sahib wanted to teach youth and ended up at Sturgeon Composite High School. While there, he used his extensive science background to develop a highly advanced STEM laboratory through local grants and donations. “The total cost of the lab was $145,000,” says Sahib. “It was a state of the art lab, which is something you don’t see at a high school.”
Last year Sahib moved into administration and served as Principal at a school in Wabasca. However, after seeing the position posted at HRH he was really interested in moving to a community near the mountains and closer to Edmonton.
When asked what initiatives he plans to set up this year, Sahib says he’s going to introduce an InReach Program. “This would work in a similar way to an Outreach Program where students work independently on courses. However, instead of going off-site to complete their courses, the students would remain at HRH.” The students would work under his guidance and direction. “That said, we will always encourage students to take the class at HRH. This program is more for students who have conflicting schedules or will be away from school for some time.”
In addition to InReach, Sahib will be found teaching Outdoor Education and Religion 8.
When asked why he wanted to work in a Catholic school, his answer was simple. “I believe that having a faith filled education is imperative for the creation of well-rounded and responsible citizens.”
On top of his education background, Sahib is a family man as well. He and his wife, Shauna, have three children: a daughter, Thaïs, and twin boys, Taran and Kieran.
Sahib is happy to joining Churchill as the new administration team at HRH. Churchill is the fourth Principal at HRH since the school opened in 2003, while Sahib is sixth Assistant Principal.
Please feel to drop by the school office to say hello to Sahib and welcome him to the HRH Family.
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