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2013-2014 Distinguished Leadership Award-Mike Nightingale - May 06,2014

2013-2014 Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient

Holy Spirit Catholic Schools is proud to announce that 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 Alberta Teachers' Association.

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.  "I could not be more thrilled for Mike!" says 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, St. Mary's School who headed the nomination process and received submissions from staff, school council, parents and senior administration said, "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."

Mike Nightingale adds: "I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of a 2013-2014 Distinguished Leadership Award. 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."

The selection committee chose Mike Nightingale as a deserving school leader for this honor from many high quality nominations and this decision reflects on the leadership qualities both of Mike Nightingale and of the learning environment of Holy Spirit Catholic Schools.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Chris Smeaton, Superintendent of Schools
St. Basil Catholic Education Centre
Phone: (403) 327-9555


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