New Superintendent to lead School District 57
The Board of Education for School District 57 (Prince George) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anita Richardson as Superintendent / CEO effective January 1, 2020. Anita is a skilled educator who brings with her a passion for Indigenous Education and relationship building with community. The appointment is a homecoming for Anita after a few years in Alberta most recently with Horizon School Division as the Associate Superintendent. Anita knows the district well as she spent time as a teacher and principal in Mackenzie and was born in Prince George and raised in the Robson Valley.
“The Board of Education is very excited to welcome Anita back home to School District 57,” says Tim Bennett, Board Chair. “It was important the successful candidate demonstrated leadership and results working with community through authentic relationships, supporting improved outcomes for students and vision for the district. Anita’s passion, background and experiences will complement the strong leadership team we have in the district and help continue to move the district forward into 2020 and beyond.”
“Leaving in 2012 was a difficult family decision that led to a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn in a two new environments. I recognize that as I embark on this new yet familiar path that, as the English author Terry Pratchett said, ‘Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.’ I have the luxury of a fresh perspective while recognizing the importance of the journey so far. As I return, I bring a strong moral grounding, a desire to inspire learning, a commitment to our communities, and a willingness to engage others in meaningful conversation,” stated Anita Richardson, incoming SD57 Superintendent.
Richardson adds “I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with the communities and people that make up School District 57. I know that by developing strong relationships with the dedicated Board of Education, our amazing staff, members of Lheidli T’enneh and McLeod Lake Indian Band, our committed educational stakeholders, together we will grow School District 57 into a learning community that truly prepares our students to seize life’s opportunities. It is only together, supporting one another, working toward our common goal that we will see School District 57 reach its true potential.”
“The Board would like to thank Rod Allen for his leadership, vision and commitment he has shown our district and we are pleased Rod has agreed to continue in the Interim Superintendent position until Anita arrives in January,” added Bennett.