After seven years of teaching students at the Smith School, teacher Caitlynn Chernish swoops up position of principal at the Smith School in the hamlet of Smith Alta. Chernish has taught a variety of subjects and grades at the school.
This is her first time in the role of principal.
Chernish grew up in Athabasca Alberta. She explains that she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
When Chernish graduated from the University of Alberta with a teaching degree she says she wanted to be in a rural location so she applied in Aspen View.
“I accepted a position in Smith and thought I would only be here for a year or two, but the school won my heart over and I have been here ever since.”
Chernish says during the last school year she took every leadership opportunity that arose.
Chernish mentions she has been an acting administrator for the past few years and was accepted into an Aspiring Leadership Cohort program put on by the school division.
“I was also the literacy coach in our school last year, so when the principalship opened up, I applied, hoping for the best.”
Chernish says she is so excited and honoured to be in her new position and she knows it is going to be a fantastic school year not only herself but also the students.