Congratulations to new principals for 2015-16

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Palliser Regional Schools is pleased to announce the following appointments to school leadership, effective Aug. 25, 2015:

Rachelle Prud’Homme, Principal
Milo School and Arrowwood Community School

Rachelle Prud’Homme returns to Palliser Regional Schools following a one-year secondment to Alberta Education’s Learning and Technology Resources Sector where she provided consultation, support and expertise in project management.

She will serve as principal of schools in Milo and Arrowwood. Milo School serves about 58 students in Grades 1-9 and is a candidate for an International Baccalaureate program; Arrowwood School serves about 100 students Grades 1-9.

Prior to her secondment to Alberta Education, Rachelle served as vice-principal of Heritage Christian Academy in Calgary for two years. She taught at Master’s Academy for five years before that, and has teaching experience in Edmonton, Ottawa and Japan. She created a critical thinking and personal growth organization called “Inside Out: Enrichment Education,” developing curriculum and training materials for private organizations.

She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta in 2001, and her master's degree, specializing in educational leadership, from the University of Calgary in 2011. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in 2012 for interpreting High School life.

Prud’Homme replaces Jason Neville, who is leaving Palliser for an opportunity in another jurisdiction.

Shari Rogerson, Principal
Dorothy Dalgliesh School

Shari Rogerson is a self-described “Palliser girl,” having attended school from kindergarten through Grade 12 in Palliser, as well as working in a wide range of jobs here.

A former educational assistant, learning support teacher and coach to other teachers, Rogerson has served as principal of Huntsville School in Iron Springs for the past two years, and as vice-principal at Jennie Emery Elementary School in Coaldale prior to that.

She has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge, and earned her master’s degree from Athabasca Univerity in 2012.

Dorothy Dalgliesh School, located in Picture Butte, serves about 190 students from early learning through Grade 6. Current Principal Sherrie Shuttleworth is retiring at the end of this school year.


Fred Jack, Principal
Barons and Carmangay Schools

Fred Jack will serve as principal of Barons School and Carmangay Outreach starting this fall. He has served as vice-principal to both schools for two years.

Both schools cater to students from the region’s Low German-speaking Mennonite community. Barons has about 200 students from early learning through Grade 6. Carmangay has about 50 students in Grades 7-12.

Prior to joining the schools as vice-principal, Jack was the southern Alberta co-ordinator for Alberta Distance Learning Centre. He began his teaching career in Swan Hills where he was head of the physical education department and athletic director.

Jack earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta in 2004 and is working toward a master's degree in education leadership through the University of New Brunswick.

Current Barons/Carmangay Principal Nathan Sillito will be working in Palliser Central Office this fall, providing leadership to Palliser’s early learning programs.

Chris Spanos, Principal
Huntsville School, Iron Springs

Chris Spanos will serve as principal of Huntsville School in Iron Springs starting this fall, taking the place of Shari Rogerson, who moves to Dorothy Dalgliesh School in Picture Butte.

Spanos joined Palliser in 2012, following eight years as a teacher and learning leader in Calgary. He was vice-principal of Barons and Carmangay Schools initially, and has been vice-principal of Coalhurst Elementary since August 2013.

He earned his master’s degree specializing in education leadership from the University of Calgary in 2014 and a combined Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science from the University of Lethbridge in 2003.

Huntsville School serves about 120 students from early learning through Grade 9. Although the vast majority of students at Hunstville are from the region’s Low German-speaking Mennonite community, only the junior high grades are designated an alternative program for LGM students.