New VP named for Picture Butte High School

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Palliser Regional Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Skretting to the role of vice-principal of Picture Butte High School, effective Feb. 2, 2015.

Skretting obtained his Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge in 2000, winning the Faculty of Arts Gold Medal in 2001. He earned his Master's of Education in School Administration through Gonzaga University in 2011.

He began his teaching career at County Central High School in Vulcan in February 2001. During his career, Skretting has been involved in many division initiatives such as Understanding by Design. He has served as a mentor in Palliser's teacher mentorship preogram and participated in the lead teacher cohort, a Palliser program which encourages teachers to develop as school leaders. 

In 2009-2010, Skretting was seconded to Palliser's Central Office to work on the Social Studies Interjurisdictional Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) project.

He was nominated last year by his principal for the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. He spent last summer at the University of Lethbridge teaching Social Studies methods for non-majors.

Since 2006, he has been teaching Social Studies at Picture Butte High School, where he played a key role in organizing Remembrance Day celebrations, annual awards ceremonies and the student trip to Europe. He'll be travelling to Italy with a student group this spring.

In his spare time, Skretting enjoys travelling, camping and following sports.

Skretting is married to Stacy, who is a music teacher in Lethbridge. They have three school-aged children – Jacob, Paul and Anna.

He is looking forward to being part of the Palliser Administrative Association and the Superintendent’s Leadership team. He welcomes the challenges this new and exciting role provides and is pleased to continue to work with dedicated Palliser staff committed to student learning in a collaborative culture.

Skretting's appointment follows the pending retirement of Vice-Principal Hans Schrempf.