District appoints new principal for Park Meadows Elementary School

Lethbridge School District No. 51 is pleased to announce Mark Blankenstyn has been appointed as Principal at Park Meadows Elementary School.

A relationship-centred leader with a deep understanding of instructional pedagogy, Mark will further the fine work that has been accomplished at Park Meadows Elementary School. Mark possesses a strong sense of servanthood as a leader and believes trust and respect are the foundations for strong relationships among students, professionals, para-professionals, parents and community members. Mark is an absolute role model in walking the talk with respect to empathy, care and commitment to building a strong school community that embraces diversity. Underscoring the focus of work to be done at a school, Mark believes a clear and unwavering commitment to student learning needs to be part of the school culture.

"I am excited, thrilled and honoured to join the community of students, staff and parents at Park Meadows Elementary School. I welcome the opportunity to return to my northside childhood roots and, as the Park Meadows Vision statement articulates, I look forward to collaboratively helping to create a diverse school where children feel empowered to grow, influence their community and take care of themselves and others. I am passionate about building educator capacity in the areas of high impact literacy instructional practices, meeting the needs of diverse learners and developing meaningful caring and empathic relationships to further student growth. To all Park Meadows students, staff, and parents: I look forward to getting to know you in the upcoming weeks and embarking on our learning journey together."

Currently, Mark is the Vice-Principal at Mike Mountain Horse Elementary School. Prior to this administrative appointment, Mark assumed the positions of Acting Vice-Principal at Nicholas Sheran Elementary School and Assistant Principal at Mike Mountain Horse. Mark began his career in Lethbridge School District No. 51 as a teacher at Winston Churchill High School. He was a Technology Lead Teacher and classroom teacher at Wilson Middle School for five years. Adding to his breadth of experience, Mark assumed a secondment position with AFNORTH International School in the Netherlands for three years where he taught grade 4 and was a member of the International School Improvement Committee.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta and subsequently a Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Lethbridge. Mark completed his Masters of Education with the University of Lethbridge.

Date posted: Aug. 8, 2017