The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Krimsen Sumners has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer for St. Albert Public School District No. 5565 effective August 1, 2018, pending ministerial approval. Should this ministerial approval take longer than August 1, Ms. Sumners will be appointed Acting Superintendent at that point, which also requires ministerial approval.
“The Board of Trustees consulted with staff, parents, school councils, the ATA and CUPE to help develop an ideal candidate profile. We then held a national search competition, which resulted in a significant number of strong applications,” says Board Chair Kim Armstrong. “Ms. Sumners was selected from a field of truly outstanding candidates because of her demonstrated leadership capabilities, her commitment to excellence in serving our students and their families, and her deep understanding of our district culture, history and the community.”
“I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for this outstanding school district,” says Ms. Sumners. “I have a deep connection and loyalty to St. Albert Public Schools, and will strive to maintain the high standards set by my predecessors.”
Ms. Sumners has an exceptional record of school and district leadership throughout her 24 years as an educator in Alberta, during which she has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and district office administrator. Since September 2015, Ms. Sumners has held the position of Deputy Superintendent with St. Albert Public Schools. With a solid background of research and practice in educational leadership, she holds a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in special education and psychology and a Master’s of Education degree with a specialization in curriculum and leadership.
“St. Albert Public Schools has an excellent reputation in all aspects of public education,” says Ms. Sumners. “In my previous roles with the district, I learned the importance of fostering and maintaining effective relationships, cultivating leadership at all levels and engaging in lifelong learning. I understand firsthand the need to be innovative, strategic, flexible and solution oriented as we adapt to the high expectations of parents and the ever-changing landscape in education in this province. I believe that relationships among students, staff and families will continue to build the foundation of our education system.”
Ms. Sumners and her family are long-time residents of the city. They enjoy the outdoors, especially camping, wakeboarding, skiing, baseball and riding the trail system in St. Albert, and Ms. Sumners and her husband spend a large part of the winter inside a hockey arena cheering on their boys.
Ms. Sumners will take over the position currently held by Barry Wowk, who is retiring this summer.
For further information contact Kim Armstrong, Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.