Former assistant principal to take the reins at new school in February
Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:33 am
Ralph McCall School will soon have a new face on the administration team as Andrea Craigie makes the move from assistant principal at R.J. Hawkey School to principal of Ralph McCall in February 2014.
“Andrea is an energetic individual who is a strong advocate of student-centric learning,” said Rocky View Schools (RVS) Superintendent of Schools Greg Bass.
“As an out-of-the-box thinker, Andera has the motivation, creativity and skill that will serve the Ralph McCall community well.”
Craigie has been with RVS since 1994 and began her RVS career as a science teacher at Conrich School in Chestermere.
In the following decade she served as a teacher and a lead for the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement at Airdrie Middle and Meadowbrook Schools.
Craigie made the move to administration in 2008 at R.J. Hawkey School where she played an instrumental role in co-founding the Learning in Engaging Network Settings (LENS) program.
The program places students in classes with other students who have similar interests.
“I’m very proud of the work I did with (former R.J. Hawkey principal)Dan Hoch when we implemented the LENS program,” Craigie said.
“We were looking for a way to engage parents and knew if the students are excited, the parents will be excited,” she said of the idea behind LENS.
“We are very fortunate to attract and retain such strong leaders in RVS – Andrea is proof of that,” said Rocky View Schools Board Chair Bruce Pettigrew.
Craigie received a masters of education specializing in educational leadership and a bachelor of education from the University of Calgary.
She has served on a number of Superintendent Working Committees (SWC), including ones on Learning, Leadership and Human Resources and is currently a member of the Superintendent’s Policy Development Committee.
Craigie said she will assist Ralph McCall with its transition in 2014.
“I think a big part of my job next year will be helping the school transition from a kindergarten to Grade 8 school to a kindergarten to Grade 4 school,” she said.
Craigie will fill the role Jim Forrest leaves vacant when he makes the move to principal of the new Sagewood Middle School when it opens.