Pam Heckbert Appointed as Principal of Georges P. Vanier School

Pam Heckbert Appointed as Principal of Georges P. Vanier School
Posted on 05/23/2017
Pam Heckbert Appointed as Principal of Georges P. Vanier SchoolFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Donnelly, Alberta – High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Pam Heckbert as Principal of Georges P. Vanier School. Pam has been with High Prairie School Division for her entire teaching career. She has over 18 years of experience in the classroom and has been the Vice Principal since 2014. Pam has her Bachelor of Education with Distinction from the University of Alberta with a major in Instrumental Music and a minor in English Language Arts. She received her Master of Educational Studies from the University of Alberta. Pam additionally has her Grade 8 Piano and Grade 8 Vocal from the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. Pam was nominated for the 2013 Alberta Government Excellence in Teaching Award.

In addition to teaching Instrumental Music 7, 8, 9 and 10, 20, 30 at GPV since 1998, she has also taught all Senior High English -1 and -2, Chemistry 20 and 30, Biology 20 and 30, Science 10, CALM, Drama 10, 20, 30, Art 10, 20, 30, and Work Experience. She volunteers as the GPV junior boys volleyball coach and is the staff representative on the GPV School Council. She has also volunteered on the GPV School Band Parents Association from 1998-2014, the GPV Honour Band Director from 2005-2010, was a McLennan United Church Mission and Personnel Member (2010-2013), and a Twilight Figure skating Coach (2010-13), to name a few.

Pam has led her school to numerous awards and successes including the Kiwanis Music Festival Silver Rating, Concert Band (2016), the International Band Tour, Austria (2013), and the National Musicfest Competition, Ottawa (2010). Since 2005, Pam has led the GPV Band to Gold Ratings and National competition recommendations at the Grande Prairie and District Music Festival and the Peace River Performing Arts Festival. She also organized the band fundraiser, “Strike Up The Band Dinner and Silent Auction” from 2007-2013.

Pam will be filling big shoes as she steps into the principalship as long time administrator Bob Owens finishes his 37 years of teaching and administration for High Prairie School Division. Bob finishes his career as the HPSD nominee for the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the most prestigious award in teaching. Congratulations to Pam Heckbert on your well-deserved appointment as Principal of Georges P. Vanier School. To Bob Owens, thank you for a lifetime of dedication and commitment to our staff, students, and division. Best wishes on a long and happy retirement!

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