TORONTO —; Michelle Newlands is a principal at King’s Road Public School in Burlington —; a school that was in desperate need of a transformation.
“There were four issues,” says Newlands.
“There were low scores which were very public in the EQAO and we also had parents who were not fully involved and I also feel that the staff were working hard and not being able to raise student achievement.”
But in spite of these challenges, Michelle managed, through hard work and dedication, to turn her school around and today, she is known as a student-focused leader and recently earned the title of one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.
“To be acknowledged by The Learning Partnership as an outstanding principal felt really great,” says Newlands.
Last month, The Learning Partnership celebrated 40 exceptional educators from every province and territory as part of its Outstanding Principals Program.
The organization, which dedicates itself to supporting and advancing publicly funded education in Canada, is recognizing these individuals for demonstrating innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and for finding creative solutions and opportunities within their schools.
“[An Outstanding Principal] is a transformational leader who has an impact on the achievement in their schools for students,” says Rod Thompson, Director of Executive Leadership Programs at The Learning Partnership.
“They are also lifelong learners themselves and often in many cases they are engaged in education programs that help them improve what they do in schools.”
Logan York, a Grade 6 student at King’s Road Public School says Principal Newlands is one of a kind.
“There’s so many other principals, but she’s like —; just one of the kinds that give you a warm feeling in your heart.”