NEW Principals at 3 LRSD Schools

Livingstone Range School Division is pleased to announce the confirmation of three principals commencing or resuming leadership positions for the 2018-2019 school year.




Dave Fender, who has been in the role of Acting Principal at W.A. Day School in Fort Macleod, has accepted the permanent principalship of the school, effective September 2018. Fender, who was previously principal at Canyon Elementary School, moved into the temporary   position in September 2017, and is happy to be continuing his work with the Fort Macleod students and community.

 “I am humbled to be the principal of a school in a school district whose community members share such a fundamental and common   interest – the success of our students,” says Fender. “In particular, I am so honoured to be a part of the wonderfully diverse community of   Fort Macleod and, more specifically, W.A. Day School.”

 Fender brings over 20 years of administrative experience to W.A. Day, having served as principal in five schools before coming to Fort   Macleod. He is a recipient of several awards, including the provincial Educational Leadership Award from the Council on School   Administration, and the Betty Grigg Inclusive Education award. Fender is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge (B.A. and B. Ed.) and is currently completing a master of education degree at Athabasca University.

J.T. Foster School in Nanton will also see new leadership. Audrey Kluin, who has been Principal at Nanton’s A.B. Daley Elementary School since 2014, will take over the helm at JTF this fall.  

“After four years of working with amazing staff, students and parents at A.B. Daley School, I am honoured to be selected for the principalship at J.T. Foster School,” says Kluin. “I will work hard to collaborate with all stakeholders and strive to provide quality education for the students of Nanton.”

Kluin is skilled at incorporating technology into learning and has taken the lead on numerous technology initiatives, including school website design. She is passionate about establishing strong community partnerships and creating an environment where staff and students can thrive. Kluin is a graduate of both the University of Alberta (B.Sc. and B. Ed.) and the University of New Brunswick (M.Ed.). She is currently working on a certificate in human resources at the University of Calgary.

“I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to the many new partnerships and endeavours that will follow this journey,” says Kluin.

Leanne Watson, current Assistant Principal at J.T. Foster School, will be making the move this September to become Principal of Stavely School, where she started her teaching career. Both Leanne’s daughters attended the school and she has also volunteered there whenever possible.

“I am so excited to be working in Stavely again, and I find it especially fitting that my first principalship is also in Stavely,” says Watson. “I’m also looking forward to the change from secondary to elementary school.”

Watson has a master’s degree in curriculum and assessment and is passionate about professional development. She is active in the community and in coaching and will bring a keen sense of local community to her new role.

Positions vacated as a result of the above placements will be advertised soon.