Chris Meaden, learning director and former principal of Robert Thirsk High School, has been named as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals by the Learning Partnership.
Meaden is one of 40 winners from across Canada and is one of four in Alberta. The award, now in its 12th year, celebrates principals who demonstrate innovation, have an entrepreneurial spirit and employ creativity in finding solutions and opportunities. Principals are nominated by their parents, colleagues, and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee.
"Chris's work at Robert Thirsk High School, and now as a system learning director, exemplifies our Board's values," said Chief Superintendent David Stevenson. "Her vision and innovative leadership inspired the creation of Robert Thirsk High School as a rich and vibrant learning environment that enables students to be successful as they transition to work or post secondary."
Meaden was the first principal of Robert Thirsk High School, which opened in 2013. She was a leader of change in helping to design a high school for the 21st century. The school is known for its positive culture and exceptional learning environments, while incorporating a flexibility model that focuses on student success. Meaden's goals were to develop engaged thinkers, ethical citizens, and an entrepreneurial spirit within the school.
She is known for her connections to students and the school community, a point echoed in her nomination letter from two students: "As principal, she consistently demonstrates a passion for us to become leaders and achieve our highest potential."
Meaden was recently promoted to learning director within the CBE. Last fall she also contributed to our "Supporting Student Success" video.
The complete list of winners from across Canada.
The national press release on the Learning Partnership website.