The District is pleased to congratulate principals Michael Tobin of Paradise Elementary and John Antle of Exploits Valley Intermediate for being named among Canada's Outstanding Principals™ by The Learning Partnership for 2018.

Michael Tobin Michael Tobin is an experienced administrator who establishes personal trusting relationships with all members of Paradise Elementary School's community. Michael emphasizes the possibilities and successes in each of his students. He is visible in classrooms, around the school, and in the community, soliciting input from teachers, students and community members. Through this collaboration, teachers have felt empowered and technology facilitated learning has increased.

Michael and his team provide programs and tools for students requiring additional types of assistance. The school is inclusionary, ensuring students have a safe and supportive learning environment. Literacy is another focus for the school and Michael actively networks with colleagues, ensuring professional learning is current and effective. Michael's actions demonstrate his commitment to his personal slogan of "being the best you can be."

John Antle John Antle has worked as a principal to prioritize both academic achievement and student wellbeing. Under John's leadership, working with Positive Behavioural Intervention Strategies (PBIS), suspensions and anxiety declined, and learning outcomes improved. Department leaders work collaboratively, using effective strategies and tools, to carefully track student data to inform their practice. John cares for the health and wellbeing of his students, demonstrated through coaching, breakfast programs and adding additional co-curricular activities.

Academic achievement is celebrated at school assemblies, and a new web-based behaviour management system was implemented with an emphasis on recognizing student contributions in creating a safe and caring school learning environment. Positive student behaviours are acknowledged every Friday with "Gotchas", and through monthly celebrations, with rewards donated by local businesses. Under John's leadership, academic achievement and student wellbeing has improved substantially.

Click on a section below for more information on Canada's Outstanding Principals™

About the Program



This year, the Learning Partnership named 40 individuals as Canada's Outstanding Principals™ of 2018. These educators demonstrate innovation, have an entrepreneurial spirit and are creative in finding solutions and opportunities.

The exemplary leaders come from every province and territory in the country and will receive their awards at the 13th annual Canada's Outstanding Principals™ gala on February 27th at the The Carlu.

The winners will also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at one of Canada's top business schools, the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. The program will introduce them to leadership and management practices presented by business leaders as well as Rotman faculty. Principals also participate in The World of Work: Wellbeing and Resilience, a professional learning day hosted by CIBC, where they have the opportunity to learn about today's workplace from leaders in business, health, and education

The 2018 Canada's Outstanding Principals™ will join the ranks of the National Academy of Canada's Outstanding Principals™, which now boasts over 400 members. The National Academy offers principals ongoing networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities so they can constantly enhance their leadership skills.

Canada's Outstanding Principals™ are nominated by their peers, school staff and/or community members. Winners are selected on a representation-by-population basis. The first round of adjudication is completed by the local Principal's Association. Finalists are then forwarded to a National Selection Committee made up of distinguished Canadian education, community and private sector leaders. Candidates are chosen using comprehensive criteria including: leadership and student achievement; leadership and innovation; instructional leadership; professional learning teams; partnerships with families and communities; personal growth initiatives; and corresponding letters of support.

Executive Leadership Training Program- The Rotman School of Management

The five-day program is designed to foster executive leadership in education. It will be held February 26 to March 1, 2018 at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, where participants will:
  1. Engage in a multi-faceted leadership development experience with their colleagues from across Canada
  2. Contribute to a focussed opportunity to share practices with their colleagues
  3. Be energized to continue the journey of expanding their impact on their communities

The Executive Leadership Program 2018 Session Highlights

Executive Leadership for the winning principals include sessions highlighting:
  • Models of Leadership
  • Teaming
  • Success for all Students
  • A Model of Change Management
  • Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • An Aboriginal Perspective on Wellness and Resilience
  • Future Technologies and their Exponential Growth
  • Child and Youth mental health
  • The Role for School Principals regarding Wellbeing and Resilience in the Schools
  • Legal Precedents in Education Case Law in Canada

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Tel: (709) 758-2372 · Fax: (709) 758-2706

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