Mrs. Jana Macdonald, Principal of Bowness High School in Calgary, is conceiving and prototyping unique programs at her school that “set kids up for success in the future,” ones that teach students “how to be creative and manipulate data, to be mindful about how to build solutions, and problem solve.” She brought in Computer Science, Pre-Engineering, High Performance Athlete Development, and hopes to add Coding and Outdoor Environmental Education soon.
Practical, visionary, dedicated, yes; but Mrs. Macdonald also knows “it’s incredibly hard to be a teenager” in our modern Western culture. “You look at this world they live in, at the demands, it’s tough on them. I want to give them a place to find something they are passionate about, something that really lights them up and gives them a creative outlet, and a sense of self that they struggle to find in those teenage years.”
Balancing external, real-world educational needs with the internal dynamics of modern teens is what, in my opinion, makes Mrs. Macdonald extra-special. She strives to create community at her school; she upholds manners; she wants kids (that includes you, teens) to play outside instead of on their devices. Mrs. Macdonald encourages her teachers to “build relationships with students,” and actively looks for this compassionate quality in expanding her staff.
How refreshing! How encouraging! Can we prototype Mrs. Macdonald?
Read more about Bowness High School and its recent changes here: Bowness High School Re-Imagined © Jennifer Leslie