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August 13
Year End Principals Message

Hola, good citizens of Senator Patrick Burns School!

Since March 11th, 2019, I have been lucky enough to be the principal at Senator Patrick Burns School.  In this short period of time, I have experienced many, many reasons why this school is one of the finest places in the world to receive an education.  Now, at the end of this school year, I would like to take a moment to share what I have observed about this fantastic community.

1.     The SPB community is united and supportive of the students.  This learning community consists of hundreds of parents and guardians that are dedicated to providing the best education possible for all students.  Parents and guardians are often contacting the school to offer support and resources to further support the education of all students.  The School Council and Parent Association are especially dedicated as they tirelessly serve the educational needs of all students.

2.     The SPB staff are incredible individuals that lose themselves in the service of students.  I am repeatedly astounded by the diligence and selflessness that many teachers show to the students every day.  I am honored to work with so many teachers that often put the needs of students before themselves.  Teachers at SPB have normalized the practice of giving personal time to the students as they coach, mentor, and guide each student toward success.

3.     We truly have some of the world’s best learners at SPB.  Each student in the world is special and precious, but at SPB, I really feel as though these kids have an added measure of excellence that sets them apart from other learners.  Many students have been taught at home to be kind, courteous and conscious in their studies.  I credit the amazing families of these wonderful students that work together with teachers to prepare each learner for success in adulthood.  Simply put- these kids are amazing and special.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again- I have won the school lottery when it comes to being a principal of a great group of students.  I look forward with great anticipation to starting fresh with the SPB community in September and to spending as much time as I can in my career as the principal of one of the finest schools in the world. 

Have a great summer learning, playing and relaxing,

Joel Leavitt

Staffing Updates

We wish the best of luck to our departing staff of various endeavors, and other for whom details are still pending.  Their presence will be dearly missed, and their legacy enduring:

       Sra.  Nzingha Austin (assuming Literacy Strategist position with the CBE board)

       Sra. Benfield (Retirement)

       Sra. Doeve, Grade 8 (Maternity Leave)

       Sra. Jennifer McTighe (assuming the Assistant Principal Role at Discovering Choices High School)

       Sr. Jeff Rosewarn (Grade 9 Science, Math team)

       Sra. Schreier (Educational Assistant)

       Ms. Caldwell (Educational Assistant)

Over the last few weeks, we have been busy securing new teachers that reflect our staff departures, as well as accommodate for the increased student enrollment.  Although this list may change, we welcome the following new staff to the campus for 2019-2020:

                         Sra. Herrera

Grade 6 Humanities and Art teacher (returning from Maternity leave)

                        Sra. Lamboo

Grade 9 Math and Science teacher (returning from Maternity leave)

                        Sra. Parkin

Grade 7 Spanish Humanities

                        Mr. Hawkins

Grade 7-9 Physical Education teacher

                        Ms. Walker

Grade 9 Science and Math teacher


It is evident that with the amount of growth and change at SPB for the 2019-20 school year, we are still in a dynamic environment in regards to which teachers your child will have for the upcoming year at school.  Please know that we make the most solid and thoughtful pedagogical decisions regarding each child as possible.  We advocate for them, as do parents.​ 


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