Students in Kenora’s Pope John Paul II school will soon be welcoming a new voice. Former Innovation and Creativity Coordinator with the Kenora Catholic District School Board, Jamey Robertson, has been named the new Vice-Principal of PJP.

“It is a great privilege to be chosen as the Vice Principal for Pope John Paul II School,” said Robertson. “I am exceptionally proud to be rejoining the school community and becoming a part of an outstanding Catholic elementary school that is deeply committed to spiritual, academic and personal excellence. I respect and appreciate the warmth, vibrancy and relationships that define this unique school community. Furthermore, it will be wonderful to reunite with Tammy Bush as a collaborative partner as we’ve worked together closely at both the school and system-level for more than ten years.”

Tammy Bush, the former Early Years Coordinator for the KCDSB, was named as the new Principal for PJP in April.

“Jamey is an accomplished, results-driven, Catholic leader within the board,” said Phyllis Eikre, Director of Education for the KCDSB. “Partnering Jamey as the Vice Principal at Pope John Paul II School with Tammy Bush, as Principal brings together a dynamic and proven-team to support the school.”

Former St. Louis School teacher Marnie Buffett will be taking over as the new Early Years Coordinator for the board.

“It is an honour to be given the opportunity to serve the children, families and educators as the Early Years Coordinator,” said Buffett. “My many years of experience in elementary education have affirmed for me that each child’s early years have a life-long impact and are critical to the development and growth of individual students. I look forward to working with the amazing staff at all of our schools in this new role to continue supporting students in reaching their full potential. I am blessed and grateful to be able to serve in this new way.”

Earlier this year, Buffett and St. Louis Principal Maureen Frankcom launched the Whole Child initiative, which aimed to support students academically, as well as socially and emotionally. The program included more supports for learning skills, teaching responsibility to students as well as additional math students.

“Marnie is passionate about children, student learning and supporting the development of the whole child – spiritually, academically and socially,” added Eikre. “She will continue to create connections with children, families and community agencies in her new role.”

The two appointments will be effective in September.

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