Westwind School Division is pleased to announce that two new principals have been appointed effective the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Jeremy Payne has been appointed as the new principal at Cardston Junior High School, and Mr. Jerry Salmon has been appointed as the new vice principal at Raymond High School.
Jeremy Payne earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in secondary education and Biological Sciences and Chemistry. He completed a Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. The area of specialty in his Masters program was assessment for learning and professional learning communities. He has taught a wide range of subjects at Centennial High School in Calgary, Rolling Hills School K-9 in Rolling HIlls, and Duchess School K-12 in Duchess. He has been the principal in Rolling Hills School and Duchess School, and an AISI Learning Leader for the Calgary Board of Education.
Mr. Payne’s areas of focus as an administrator include implementing effective professional learning communities in schools and across divisions, focusing on mastery learning for students, focusing on rigorous and relevant curriculum and assessment to support teachers and designers of learning, and using data to drive interventions and increasing teacher efficacy through interventions that build success in literacy and numeracy to support diverse student learners. We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Payne as principal of Cardston Junior High School.
Mr. Salmon earned a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science Degree through the University of Lethbridge, majoring in biological sciences. He also studied psychology at Athabasca University and completed the Advancing Adolescent Reading Initiative through the University of Alberta. He earned a Master of Education Degree specializing in Educational Leadership at the University of Calgary. He has taught a variety of subjects at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge, Magrath High School, Bowden-Grandview School in Bowden, River Valley School in Sundre, and Westglen School in Didsbury. He also served as the Learning Services Coordinator for Chinook’s Edge School Division, and the Vice Principal for Westglen School.
Mr. Salmon’s areas of focus include developing and engaging highly effective school collaborative teams, guiding student-data driven conversations to focus planning and reflection, mapping teacher actions to work toward a quality learning environment, focusing on improving teacher understanding of theory of reading instruction and support for literacy in all subject areas, Ensuring supports for all students and creating an inclusive education environment. We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Salmon as the vice principal for Raymond High School.
We value the expertise, experience, and the deep commitment that both of these administrators have displayed over their careers across the Province of Alberta. We are sure that they will advance the Division’s vision and mission of empowering the human potential of all learners. We want to thank all of the applicants to these positions. We have had a pool of very qualified candidates for all the positions that have come open through the past months. Each time it is heartening to have such a broad pool of candidates that display a firm commitment to fostering excellence in students, excellence in the teaching profession, and excellence in school communities.