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Posted: November 7, 2013

New principal/vice-principal appointments in SD5

Students at Steeples Elementary School in Cranbrook recently welcomed David Martin as temporary principal for the school.

Martin was appointed principal by the School District No. 5 (SD5) Board in late September, following the unexpected medical leave of Steeples’ current principal, Wendy Hogg.

Born in Kimberley, Martin received his Bachelor of Education (with Distinction) from the University of Victoria in 1995 and his Master’s Degree in Administration and Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2008.

Martin started working with SD5 in 1998, following a two-year teaching position in Lillooet. Martin leaves his current post as vice-principal at Laurie Middle School to accept this appointment.

According to SD5 Board chair Frank Lento, Martin has previous experience as principal of an elementary school, having served when necessary as acting principal for Pinewood Elementary School in the 2012-13 school year.

“While it’s never ideal to switch principals/vice principals once a school year has begun, sometimes it’s unavoidable,” says Lento. “We’re pleased that David was willing to step up as principal for Steeples. His track record in leadership, along with his prior experience as acting principal of an elementary school, make him an ideal choice.”

Replacing Martin as acting vice-principal at Laurie Middle School is Jill Carley, who has taught at Laurie since 2004.

Born and raised in Cranbrook, Carley follows in the footsteps of her parents who were both teachers for SD5.

According to Lento, Carley was another ideal choice. “It was important to the Board that we appoint a teacher from Laurie to act as vice principal. The middle school years can be a real transition for our kids and we didn’t want to add to that challenge by introducing into a leadership position someone the kids didn’t already know. Carley provides the stability we were looking for and she has a track record of taking on leadership roles within the school.”

During her time at Laurie school, Carley has volunteered as athletic director and coach, teacher advisor of the Student Council and the yearbook and has assisted in the technological professional development of teachers at other schools and the College of the Rockies.

For information on programs or activities at Steeples Elementary or Laurie Middle School please visit the SD5 website at or contact the school directly.


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