For the first time in 12 years, there will be a new face in the principal’s office when classes resume at Woodlands School in September.
The Calgary Board of Education has appointed Mike Magowan to serve as principal at the elementary school, following Sheryl Highet who announced her retirement earlier this year.
Mr. Magowan has spent 20 years with the CBE – as a physical education specialist, classroom teacher, learning leader and assistant principal. He comes to Woodlands from Ron Southern School where he was an assistant principal and a resource teacher.
Mr. Magowan carries a passion for sports both inside and outside of the school environment. He coaches baseball and hockey, and enjoys biking, skiing and spending times outdoors with his wife and three children.
In an introductory letter to the community, he shared a commitment to provide a safe and respectful place for children to explore, inquire, and makes sense of the world around them. He listed several priorities such as cultivating a strong learning culture, effective community partnerships and positive relationships with all members of the community.
Any new principal would have big shoes to fill.
During her time as principal, Mrs. Highet left an indelible impression on everyone connected to Woodlands School. She leaves the school in strong academic standing and with a reputation for being a caring community.
Mrs. Highet said she will take the richness of her school experiences with her as she moves into a new phase of life. She thanked the entire learning community—students, staff, parents/guardians and community members—for the many experiences, challenges and memories.
A copy of her goodbye letter can be found on the Woodlands School website in the principal’s message section.
Classes resume at Woodlands School, and many other CBE schools, on Sept. 4.
– Bryan Weismiller and Tannis Wade (Woodlands School Parent Council)