Palliser announces Directors of Learning

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Palliser Regional Schools welcomes three new directors to the division, one starting immediately and two on Aug. 1.

The three roles are part of a restructuring following the resignations of an associate superintendent and a supervisor of Islamic schools, and a pending retirement of a director.


Adam Browning moves into a Director of Learning role effective June 1. He has been the vice-principal of Coalhurst Elementary School this year. He spent three years prior as principal of Calgary Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab campus.

He started his teaching career in Vancouver in 2006 following the attainment of his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2005 and completion of his post degree professional program. He received his master’s degree in Science specializing in Educational Leadership, from the University of Oregon in 2009. He is currently completing research for his Doctoral studies at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Languages and Literacy.

He has 10 years of experience as vice-principal or principal and has taught at all school levels. Throughout his career, Browning has focused on English language acquisition and literacy. His research is focused on how students’ early literacy skills can facilitate their transition to academic literacy.


Shane Cranston joined Palliser 16 years ago as a teacher in Milo, entering school leadership in 2005 as principal of Arrowwood Community School. He has served as principal of Vulcan Prairieview Elementary School since 2009, a post he’ll leave to become Director of Learning, effective Aug. 1.

Prior to joining Palliser, he taught in Japan for three years and in Calgary for two years.

He was awarded an Excellence in Leadership Award by the Southwest Regional Council on School Administration in 2007.

Cranston earned his education degree in 1998 from the University of Calgary, where he’s now working toward a master’s degree in educational leadership.

He is a former chair of the Palliser Administrators’ Association and led the committee which organized the division’s first leadership conference for elementary students in April.


Jason Kupery brings 16 years as a teacher and more than a decade in school leadership to the role of Director of Learning starting Aug. 1.

A member of the Calgary Christian Secondary School team for 14 years, including the past four years as principal, Kupery has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria (2001). He earned his master’s degree specializing in educational leadership from the University of Calgary in 2012.

In addition to serving on committees as part of his work with the Palliser Administrators’ Association, Kupery has served as co-chair of the committee which organized the leadership conference for middle and high school students. The conference, “Discover U: Explore. Create. Achieve.,” was attended by about 500 students from across Palliser.