Smith to lead C.W. Perry
Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 06:00 am
When students at C.W. Perry School head back to class in September, they’ll have a new principal at the helm. Dave Smith, currently principal at Langdon School, will take over after the retirement of current principal Jim Forrest.
“It’s actually really difficult for me to leave Langdon,” Smith said. “It’s such a great community over here but I live in Airdrie and I want to be a part of my town again. That was one of the big things that was drawing me back.”
Smith previously worked in the Rocky View Schools (RVS) division in Airdrie at Muriel Clayton Middle School, George McDougall High School, Ecole Airdrie Middle School and Bert Church High School. He has been principal of Langdon School for five years.
He has a masters of education, specializing in leadership and administration, from the University of Calgary, as well as a bachelor of education from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of fine arts with honours from York University.
“David is a perfect fit for the C.W. Perry School community,” said RVS Superintendent of Schools Greg Luterbach. “Outside of his ability to build trust while bringing focus to new teaching practices, he possesses the ability to forge strong relationships with staff, students and parents. I am sure David will excel in his new role, and I offer him my congratulations.”
The chance to lead a relatively new school is one Smith said he’ll relish.
“Last year, I had a chance to tour and I was just super impressed,” he said. “You can do so much with a building like this. What a gift the kids have to be there.
“I’m coming in on the heels of Jim Forrest who is just a master principal and so it’s a good opportunity for me to be in that culture and see how they do things. Hopefully I can keep going…and take (the school) to whatever level they need to go to. We’ll see where the culture’s at and what they need.”