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Nightingale receives award

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Taber Times

A Holy Spirit Catholic Schools principal has been recognized with an award from the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

The school division announced Mike Nightingale, principal of St. Mary’s School in Taber, has been selected as a recipient of the 2013-2014 Distinguished Leadership Award presented by the Council for School Leadership of the ATA.

This award is provided to school leaders who seek to challenge the status quo and improve learning in their contexts.

These individuals are considered role models and innovators of change to further meet the needs of 21st century students, according to the Holy Spirit press release.

“I could not be more thrilled for Mike,” said superintendent of schools Chris Smeaton.

“He is an outstanding visionary leader who continues to improve the entire educational experience for students in his school. He builds strong relationships with his staff, students, and the parent community and is well  respected by his colleagues. Holy Spirit Catholic Schools is blessed to have him part of our administrative team.”

Randy Spenrath, associate principal at St. Mary’s School who headed the nomination process and received submissions from staff, school council, parents and senior administration, added the award is well deserved.

“It’s amazing to see the turn-around in our school culture, in which the students see how great their school is. This is a testimony to Mike’s strong leadership and the rapport he so effectively establishes with students and staff. Mike has had the foresight to see how changing from traditional education methods to meeting the needs of today’s learners has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on education.”

For his part, Nightingale said his is honoured to be this year’s recipient.

“I feel this award symbolizes the outstanding work being done in our division and at St. Mary’s School. We have made significant strides in terms of creating a school structure that engages students and allows them to become meaningful partners in the educational process. There is no question our success comes from the work of many. Students, staff, parents, division leaders and community stakeholders have been critical partners as we continue to find ways to improve our educational system. I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of our entire school community.”

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