Administrative staff have been appointed for Sylvan Lake’s new Kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school set to open in the fall of 2016.
Chinook’s Edge School Division recently named Trevor Sanche as principal of the yet-unnamed school, and Alexandra Lambert as vice principal. The school will be located on Beacon Hill and have capacity for 500 students.
Both teachers said they are excited about starting their new positions, and both envision an educational atmosphere where collaborative teaching is the main focus. As such, teaching practices and education quality are improved, said Sanche.
“Our highest leverage strategy in improving teaching practice is the collaborative approach where teachers are working together to plan and improve their practice with regards to how they teach and how children learn,” he said.
Lambert has the same point of view and said that everyone needs to work together toward the same goal. She said the school’s atmosphere needs to be learning-focused.
“All the teachers and staff will have to work together to find the best research and let that drive our practice,” Lambert said.
Sanche lives in the town’s surrounding area and has 23 years of teaching experience, with about 15 of those years spent in administrative positions. He currently teaches Grade 6 at Penhold School.
He describes himself as being very people-oriented, and has a strong belief in teamwork.
“I believe in building strong teams where everyone is valued, including children and parents,” he said.
He added he is excited to be a part of the new school and take it forward into the future.
“It will be exciting to come in at ground level, and not just help out in the building of a new school, but think through the vision of what we could do with the school,” he said.
Lambert, a Sylvan Lake resident, has been a teacher for seven years, and currently teaches science at HJ Cody School. Being the vice principal for the new school will be Lambert’s first administrative position.
She described her new role as being a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
“It’s a beautiful school that’s being built with the most current research in mind in terms of how children learn best,” she said. “I am in the field of education because I love children, education and learning.”