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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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)
Doeve, Grade 8 (Maternity Leave)
Jennifer McTighe (assuming the Assistant Principal Role at Discovering Choices
Jeff Rosewarn (Grade 9 Science, Math team)
Schreier (Educational Assistant)
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:
Grade 6 Humanities and Art
teacher (returning from Maternity leave)
9 Math and Science teacher (returning from Maternity leave)
7 Spanish Humanities
7-9 Physical Education teacher
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