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Trafalgar Middle School Principal Carol-Ann Leidloff earns national recognition

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
February 5th, 2018

Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Christine Perkins is pleased to announce that Trafalgar Middle School Principal Carol-Ann Leidloff has been honoured as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principal for 2018.

Perkins made the announcement in a media release.

Leidloff is one of an elite group of 40 Canadian principals named. She joins a group of some 430 principals across Canada having won this award over the past 13 years.

“We are all extremely proud of Carol-Ann and her team at Trafalgar Middle School,” Perkins said.

“Carol-Ann’s leadership in teaching and learning was already known across the province and now it is being recognized across the country. Carol-Ann is more than deserving of this recognition.”

The award consists of: An Executive Management Training program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, a gala Dinner, a personalized award, a group picture in a national newspaper, a welcoming dinner, three evening receptions, meals and hotel accommodation, all at no expense to the award winners.

Leidloff will attend a Gala Dinner set for Tuesday, February 27 at 6 p.m. in Toronto.

Leidloff began her career in 1990 as a teacher in Golden working as both an intermediate classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. In 2000 she moved to the West Kootenay with her family, and in 2001, began working as a classroom teacher at W.E. Graham Community School in Slocan. In 2003 she became the Principal of W.E. Graham Community School, then served as principal at Blewett Elementary School, and now Trafalgar Middle School.

Perkins said Leidloff is passionate about professional learning and has been involved in both District and Provincial professional learning work throughout her career. She is well-known throughout the province for her work with the B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, having worked on many committees to build the capacity of principals and vice-principals. Some of her committee work includes the development of the Leadership Standards for Principals and Vice-Principals, Professional Learning & Development, and Supervision for Learning. She has facilitated many activities for principals and vice-principals in our province and is currently the Vice-President of the Kootenay Lake Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association and is a Director on the Board of the B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association.

Perkins said Leidloff has made a significant impact on the culture of Trafalgar Middle School, working with staff, parents and the community to build an inviting and supportive learning environment that has resulted in significantly improved student achievement through increased engagement in learning.

Effectively using school and provincial data enabled teachers to address specific student learning needs.The introduction of e-Portfolios and letter grade free reporting significantly shifted teaching and assessment practices.

Perkins said Leidloff leads with passion, courage, and vision. She inspires others to push their boundaries, take risks with their own learning, build their capacity, and become better teachers and leaders.

“We have a terrific group of Principals and Vice-Principals in SD 8 – Kootenay Lake, and we are delighted Carol-Ann will be representing all of them this year,” Perkins added.

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