For Immediate Release
Friday, September 4, 2015
School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen)
The Board of Education of School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) is pleased to announce a number of Administrative changes that took place over the summer. In Princeton, Mr. Ian Tisdale has been appointed as the Vice-Principal of Princeton Secondary School and Mr. Patrick Kaiser has been appointed the Principal of Princeton Secondary School. In Merritt, Dan Duncan has been appointed the Principal of Diamond Vale Elementary School. All positions became effective August 1, 2015.
Mr. Tisdale comes to Princeton Secondary School from Eckville, Alberta where he recently taught at the senior high school level at both Penhold Crossing Secondary School and River Glen School. Mr. Tisdale was responsible for teaching Social Studies, English and Career Counseling. He has taken on many leadership responsibilities in the area of Grad Advisory, Technology, Coaching and as a Europe and Grad Trip sponsor. We are very pleased to have Mr. Tisdale in the district as he brings with him a focus on fostering a healthy school culture, a caring for students and a collaborative approach to his work.
Mr. Kaiser is not new to Princeton; however, he is new to his position of Principal of Princeton Secondary School. We are pleased to have Mr. Kaiser in the position as he brings with him numerous years of successful teaching and administrative experience at the school as well as a solid understanding of the community of Princeton. Mr. Kaiser believes that developing strong relationships with students and parents is instrumental to the success of the school. Respecting others and a focus on consistent and mindful collaboration with both colleagues and students guide his work at the school and makes him a valuable member of the school and district team.
Mr. Duncan has joined the School District as the new Principal of Diamond Vale Elementary School. Mr. Duncan brings with him 23 years of experience as an educator. He has acted as a teacher leader as well as a vice-principal in Fraser Lake and Fort St. James. Mr. Duncan was a coach for 17 years and served three terms as a Councillor for the Village of Fraser Lake. Mr. Duncan’s focus on caring for students and ensuring the success of each child will serve him well in his new position at Diamond Vale Elementary School. His team approach and focus on support and encouragement for students, staff and community will be well received by all stakeholders.
The Board is pleased with the outstanding qualities and experience of all the new administrators and is looking forward to working with them in their new leadership roles.