Aug
29
2019

New teachers, curriculum, technology, space added for better student learning

PEI’s new teachers are welcomed by department staff at orientation sessions to help them prepare for their new positions in schools throughout the province.

When students and educators head back to school next week they will have many new resources to enhance their learning, teaching and school environments.

Some of the new resources being introduced this year include:

  • 74 new teacher and educational assistant positions
  • 10 new principals and 20 vice principals (20 are first-time administrators and 10 are moving from previous principal and vice principal positions)
  • 3 new student well-being teams with 21 new employees
  • new curriculum, technology and classroom resources
  • 42 new school buses
  • 24 new classrooms at L. M. Montgomery and Stratford Elementary schools.

Students will see many fresh new faces in their schools next week with the addition of 32 new teacher and 42 new educational assistant positions.

“Teachers and staff are the primary drivers of student learning. Government is very pleased to provide them with more resources to help students and address class composition challenges.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers

Another 21 new staff are being added to support students on new well-being teams in the Three Oaks, Kensington-Kinkora and Charlottetown Rural families of schools. Team members are student health experts who help to empower students and their families with strength and resilience. Family support workers are being added to some teams to help parents support their child’s success. A psychologist will also join the program this fall to help with complex cases.

“When we invest in children, we are investing in the future of our province,” said Minister Trivers. “Our government is firmly committed to keeping learning current and engaging, and to keeping our schools safe and accommodating.”

In English programs, new language arts curriculum is being implemented in grades 7 to 9, as well as high school chemistry, leadership and computer science courses. New health and physical education curriculum is being piloted this year in grades 1 to 3 and grades 7 to 9. 

French first-language students will have new law and environmental curriculum and French Immersion students will have new language arts curriculum in grades 1 to 3 and grades 10 to 12. New core French curriculum will be implemented in grades 10 to 12. 

Student learning will be enhanced by the purchase of 4,500 new laptops and chromebooks at a cost of $2 million.

Student safety will be further supported through the purchase of 42 new school buses which include a second stop arm, premium undercoating and a new rooftop strobe light that makes it easier to see a bus in from a distance and in rain, fog and snow.  The purchase of an additional 22 buses this year will ensure that the fleet of regular and spare buses is adequate and well maintained.

A new 14 classroom addition will be ready for students next week at Stratford Elementary and a new 10-classroom addition will open next month at L.M. Montgomery Elementary.  

Students and staff will also see improvements to their school environment following the completion of many capital repairs over the summer months such as the replacement of roofs, oil tanks, windows, HVAC systems, boilers and paving.

For more information visit Back to School.


Media contact:
Jean Doherty    
Education and Lifelong Learning
902 314 5702
jmdoherty@gov.pe.ca

 

Backgrounder:  

Prince Edward Island schools by the numbers

  • There are 62 public schools (56 English and six French). 
  • There are five private schools licensed to operate in the province.
  • 20,352 students were enrolled in K-12 programs in 2018-2019, including 19,250 students in the Public Schools Branch and 936 students in the French Language School Board. Enrolment has increased by 661 students since 2015-2016. The official 2019-2020 enrolment number will be determined later this fall once students have settled into their schools. 

There will be new faces in several principal positions this year including:

  • Rob MacAdam, Birchwood Intermediate
  • Dale McIsaac, Charlottetown Rural High
  • Jaime Cole, East Wiltshire Intermediate
  • Jacqueline Reeves, Elm Street Elementary
  • Sheryll O'Hanley, Georgetown Elementary
  • Ryan McAleer, Kinkora Regional High
  • Betty MacDonald,  Montague Consolidated
  • Robyn MacDonald, Montague Regional High
  • Michaela Oliver, Morell Consolidated 
  • George Trevor, Stonepark Intermediate                 

 
New vice principals include:

  • Thomas Waugh, Athena Consolidated                  
  • Troy MacCullum, Birchwood Intermediate              
  • Lisa Paynter-Craig, Central Queens Elementary         
  • Brenda Brydon, Charlottetown Rural High                    
  • Chris MacKinnon, Colonel Gray Senior High             
  • Kara Smith, East Wiltshire Intermediate          
  • Janice Carragher-Doyle, Elm Street Elementary                 
  • Amanda MacIntosh, Georgetown Elementary   
  • Matthew Killeen, Kinkora Regional High
  • Sandra Walker, Montague Consolidated                
  • Jolene Johnston, Montague Regional High                      
  • Jeri Munro, Morell Consolidated                     
  • Kendra Silliker, O'Leary Elementary                       
  • Robyn MacAulay, Parkside Elementary                      
  • Colleen Taylor McMillan, Queen Elizabeth Elementary        
  • Anita Conohan, Somerset Consolidated                   
  • Bethany Boudreault, Souris Regional
  • Anne Ives, Spring Park Elementary
  • Colleen Mullen-Doyle, Stratford Elementary                    
  • Shylo Burke, Vernon River Consolidated

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062

DeptELL@gov.pe.ca