Winston Churchill principal Carey Rowntree announces his retirement

Congratulations and best wishes to Carey Rowntree, who has announced he will be retiring at the end of this school year.  

When people think of Rowntree as an education leader, two words come to mind: solid and deep. For over 18 years, Rowntree has been unwavering and solid in his commitment to the students and staff of Winston Churchill High School.

As a member of the District Admin. Team, he never fails to forward ideas that focus on improving conditions for students. This solid focus combined with deep thinking compels those around him to learn, think and reflect. He “plants seeds” as a leader and then supports the fruition of these seeds with readings and research. He never pushes ideas, he allows ideas to grow.

Rowntree also possesses a keen sense of humour and deep compassion for others. While he appears to be tough and formidable on the outside, his care and commitment to the well-being of his colleagues and students symbolizes his core softness and big heart.

Rowntree carries the distinction of serving a school he very much considered family for his entire career. A graduate of Churchill, he taught and coached at the school until his assumed the position of vice assistant principal in 1997.

His teaching career represents someone who is passionate about kids and went above and beyond in giving his time to provide opportunities for students. He assumed the role of football head coach at Churchill for 13 years, served as a Football Alberta district representative for seven years, and a board member for three years. He also coached Provincial Football Under-19 teams for three years and led a team to the level of national champions for two of those years. 

He became a vice-principal in 2000 and took the helm of Churchill as principal in 2013. He is a strong believer of what it means to be a professional, and contributed to the profession throughout his career with his participation on ATA and District committees.

“My career path has been somewhat unique, with the opportunity to work with one school in a variety of ways,” said Rowntree. “The opportunity to truly engage in a school community over 33 years in many and varied capacities has been a rare treat, and one that I cherish deeply. Through my entire career, I have had the great fortune to work with many talented and gifted teachers, leaders and support staff, including the incredible group currently at Churchill. Having the power of choice to retire from an enriching and rewarding profession and career, happy and healthy, is a wonderful place to be! I am looking forward to continuing and enhancing my pursuits of passions and pleasures, including family, friends and service.”

There is no question a piece of Rowntree will always be at Churchill!

Date posted: Jan. 16, 2019