Alberton Elementary School’s Shanna Perry is one of 40 school principals from across Canada being honoured by The Learning Partnership as Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2018.
Nominated by parents, colleagues and community members and chosen by a national selection committee, Perry and her fellow honourees will be awarded for their accomplishments during Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala Feb. 27 in Toronto.
“Shanna is a vibrant, innovative and compassionate educator who continues to make a difference,” Perry’s citation reveals.
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to enhancing publicly funded education to prepare students for a globally connected world.
Perry, the only Prince Edward Island principal to make Canada’s Top 40 list for 2018, is recognized for her commitment to building relationships and trust, involving staff in collective goal settings to improve literacy and academic achievement at Alberton Elementary. She is described as intentionally visible, walking in classrooms and inviting the community into the school.
Through Perry’s outreach, parents and guardians understand the school’s goals and have a better sense of their children’s progress and what is required to improve the quality of their work.
As literacy improved at Alberton Elementary, Perry challenged her staff to improve math scores, and staff collectively adopted a guided approach to math instruction. They tracked data and used appropriate intervention techniques.
Other improvements under watch include a new playground and increased library resources.
In joining the ranks of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principal, Perry and other award recipients will benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership-training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. They will also participate in The World of Work: Equity and Inclusion, a professional learning day hosted by CIBC, where they have the opportunity to learn about today’s workforce from leaders in business, health and education.