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Aspen View Public Schools announces administrative appointments

Principal, Grassland School

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce that Dianne Jewell has been appointed principal at Grassland School, effective the 2018-19 School year.

Born and raised in Athabasca, Dianne holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta. She has been with Aspen View Public Schools since 2004 and at Edwin Parr Composite (EPC) School in Athabasca – the school from which she graduated – since 2007. She was appointed vice principal at EPC in 2016.

Dianne is an energetic, passionate educator and brings many strengths to her new role at Grassland School.

Principal, Rochester School

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce that Joe Shelast has been appointed principal at Rochester School, effective the 2018-19 School year.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and has been with Aspen View Public Schools since 2000. He has a wealth of experience as an educator and school administrator. He was previously principal at Radway School and, following a four-year secondment to Alberta Education, returned to Aspen View Public Schools in 2016-17 as an Administrator at Large. Most recently, he held the position of coordinator of First Nations, Metis and Inuit education for Aspen View Public Schools.

Joe’s wide range of experience will serve him well in his new role and enrich the Rochester School community.

Principal, Smith School

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce that Caitlynn Chernish has been appointed principal at Smith School, effective the 2018-19 School year.

A graduate of Edwin Parr Composite School, Caitlynn holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta has spent her entire teaching career at Smith School. She was Aspen View Public Schools’ 2013 nominee for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award for outstanding first-year teachers, and has broadened her experience in recent years through participation in both Math and Aspiring Leadership cohorts; serving as an acting administrator and literacy coach; and engaging in many professional development and extra-curricular leadership opportunities.

Caitlynn is an energetic and dynamic leader whose longstanding commitment to Smith School will serve her well in her new role.

Vice Principal, Edwin Parr Composite School

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce that Brenna Liddell has been appointed vice principal at Edwin Parr Composite School, effective the 2018-2019 school year.

Brenna holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and has been with Aspen View Public Schools, at Smith School, since 2005. She has been principal at Smith School since 2011. Brenna has also found opportunities to be involved with Alberta Education, the Alberta Teachers’ Association and most recently with Concordia University Edmonton.

Brenna is well respected for her leadership skills and abilities. She is a passionate educator and will bring many strengths to her new position at Edwin Parr Composite School.

Vice Principal, Thorhild Central School

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce that Justin Gross will continue as vice principal at Thorhild Central School, effective the 2018-2019 school year. Justin was appointed as acting vice principal in September 2017.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Ryerson University. He joined the staff at Thorhild Central School in 2011 after previously teaching in Redwater, AB.

Justin is a highly skilled educator, particularly in the math and science fields, and works collaboratively with both staff and students to build rapport and healthy learning environments. Justin will continue the excellent leadership he demonstrated in his acting VP role this year.

Vice Principal, Vilna School

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce that Andre Samson has been appointed vice principal at Vilna School, effective the 2018-2019 school year.

Andre holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. Andre began his education career as a teacher and administrator in Nunavut before moving to Alberta in 2016. Most recently, he was a Junior High French and Grade 10 English teacher at Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake.

Andre will share the vice principal’s role at Vilna School with Brenda Mykytiuk, who was appointed prior to the 2017-18 school year.

Andre prides himself on being an innovative problem solver and a student-centered educator. He brings his diverse experience to the Vilna School community, and looks forward to building relationships with students, caregivers and community stakeholders.