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New Principal Appointments

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School District No. 27 is pleased to announce the following administrative (Principal) appointments:

Mile 108 Elementary – Ms. Elaine Colgate

Ms. Colgate will be rejoining the District from School District No. 36 (Surrey) where she is Principal of Chimney Hill Elementary. Following a 15-year teaching career, Ms. Colgate served SD27 as Principal of Marie Sharpe, Cataline, and Alexis Creek Schools. She was also Principal of Sxoxomic Elementary (Esketemc First Nation Education Authority). Ms. Colgate worked with the Ministry of Education as Curriculum Coordinator from 2012-2013. We are happy to have Ms. Colgate bring her passion for learning back to our community.

Lac La Hache Elementary – Mr. Shawn Nelson

Mr. Nelson has been serving as Vice-Principal at 100 Mile House Elementary since 2016. Prior to this he was Principal at Forest Grove Elementary (2010-2016) and taught at Buffalo Creek and 100 Mile Elementary from 1988-2010. Mr. Nelson’s wide-ranging experience in our schools and his passion for small schools makes him an outstanding fit for Lac La Hache after briefly stepping in earlier in the year in a temporary capacity. 

Tatla Lake Elementary Junior Secondary – Ms. Kimberley Ikebuchi

Ms. Ikebuchi has been the Learning Support Teacher at Tatla Lake, Anahim Lake, and Alexis Creek Elem-Jr. Secondary schools since 2020. Prior to this, she worked as intermediate classroom support teacher for the Kelowna Christian School from 2009-2020 where she also served as mentor teacher for a number of UBC-Okanagan teacher candidates. Ms. Ikebuchi has a passion for the outdoors and our rural communities, and we are delighted to add her to our leadership team.

District Principal Indigenous Education – Mr. Grant Gustafson

Mr. Gustafson is currently serving as Vice-Principal at Lake City Secondary-WL Campus where has been since 2020, and 2012-2017 prior to that. He was also Principal at 150 Mile and Nesika Elementary, and Horsefly Elementary/Secondary. Prior to his Principalships, Mr. Gustafson taught at several District schools from 1999-2004.  Raised in Williams Lake, Mr. Gustafson has an extensive knowledge of our communities.  He has also previously worked on Haida Gwaii. His background, proven leadership and vision for improving student outcomes will be an asset to our organization in this role.

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