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New principal at St. Anthony's School in Kincardine
By Liz Dadson

Education

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"The staff has been so supportive and helpful and the students and parents have been friendly and welcoming; this is a wonderful school!"

That's the word from Mary Campbell, new principal at St. Anthony's School in Kincardine, who took over in January after Keith Walsh became principal at St. Joseph's School in Port Elgin.

An educator for almost 25 years, Campbell began her career in Durham where she taught Grades 3-5 for two years, before moving to St. Basil's in Owen Sound, formerly a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school.

At St Basil's, Campbell, taught Junior Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2.  She also took on the role of Special Education teacher and Instructional Coach, as well as a Reading Recovery teacher.

For the past two years, Campbell has worked with teachers at Notre Dame school, in Owen Sound, a Grades 4-8 school, in the capacity of Instructional
Coach.  

Campbell says the Instructional Coach supports and mentors new teachers, and sometimes teachers who are transitioning to teaching a new grade.

St. Anthony's is her first job as principal, and Campbell is enjoying it.

"I felt that with all the experience I had in the education system, I wanted to reach a larger group and share the benefits of that experience, and learn from other educators as well," she says.

She took the principal's course over the summer and fall, completing it in December, just in time to take the opening at St. Anthony's.

"It's wonderful here," says Campbell.  "The staff has been so supportive and helpful and the students and parents have been friendly and welcoming. I'm still learning the names of all the students; that's one my goals."

She admits there's a steep learning curve, which is the same with any new job. "For now, I'll follow the path laid out by Mr. Walsh and Mr. (Ed) Goetz before him, she says.

Campbell and her husband, Peter Paquette, live in Owen Sound. He is the Director of Operations in Georgian Bluffs. They have four children, ages 15, 19, 28, and 30. The eldest lives in Kingston, the second eldest lives in Alberta, the 19-year-old is at Carleton University in Ottawa, and the youngest is in Grade 9 at St. Mary's High School in Owen Sound.

 



Mary Campbell is the new principal at St. Anthony's School in Kincardine


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