The days are flying by for Poplar Ridge School’s vice principal as she learns her new position.
Claire Funk joined the school in September. “It’s a fabulous school with amazing staff who care and every child feels like they belong,” she said.
“I’m very lucky to have been chosen for the position,” Funk added. “I’ve got a great mentor in Barb Hanson — it’s a huge learning curve.”
Funk has been a teacher with Chinook’s Edge School Division for the past 16 years and has taught a variety of grades and subjects at Spruce View School. She was also involved in off campus programs such as work experience and Registered Apprenticeship Program while working as a career practitioner for Grade 7-12 students.
She lives in Red Deer with her four year old daughter who will begin attending Poplar Ridge School with her next year.
Funk said she’s been made to feel very welcome. “It’s a fabulous all round community.”
She began her post-secondary education at Red Deer College before moving on to the University of Alberta where she earned a Bachelor of Education, elementary.
Hobbies include hunter jumper horse show jumping, running and spending time outdoors with family or riding her horses.
One of the things her colleagues at Spruce View will miss is her laugh, she said. “They could always hear me.”