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Bryan Receives Ted Kennedy Award

Bryan Honoured with OPC Award of Character

(Pictured above: Nationview Public School Principal Karen Bryan, was honoured recently with the Ontario Principals' Council Award of Character, also known as the Ted Kennedy Award. Pictured at a recent ceremony, left to right, are: Director Stephen Sliwa, Superintendent of Schools David Coombs, Bryan, Superintendent of Schools Tim Mills, Chair Jeff McMillan, and OPC Upper Canada District Chair Chad Brownlee.)

(Brockville) – A veteran principal who lives and breathes the virtues of the Upper Canada District School Board’s   (UCDSB) Character Always! program has been recognized with the 2016 Ted Kennedy Award.

Nationview Public School  Principal Karen Bryan was presented with the honour at a recent ceremony in Kemptville. Officially known as the Ontario Principals’ Council   (OPC) Award of Character, the plaque is presented annually by the district council in memory of late superintendent Ted Kennedy, who died in 2011. It recognizes an administrator who contributes to their school community and provides educational leadership and mentoring that supports the UCDSB system goal of providing learning opportunities for all.

“I was humbled,” said Bryan of receiving the award. “I view Ted (Kennedy) as a great mentor to me and a man with immense integrity. He taught me things that I use every day in my role as principal and I was quite honoured to receive the award.”

Chad Brownlee, chair of the OPC Upper Canada District, said the award to Bryan is well-deserved.

“She is a very conscientious and caring principal who goes out of her way to support all of her students all of the time - no matter what it takes,” he said.

Among the accomplishments that Bryan was recognized for include:

· Emphasizing the importance of nutrition and well-being for students by running a nutrition program while principal at South Branch Elementary School.  Working with Kennedy and others to help update the safe schools policy and procedures for the board.

· Striving to ensure inclusivity in our system. In preparation for hosting the first autism service dog in the UCDSB three years ago at South Branch, Bryan worked with Superintendent Susan Edwards to develop the first autism service dog policy and procedures for the board.

· Showing leadership in several ways such as: working with EQAO to score, assess and create math questions for provincial standardized testing; acting as a mentor for both principals and teachers; and creating weekly newsletters at schools she has led that provide helpful information on professional development for teachers.

· Volunteering in her community, both as an active supporter of organized hockey and as a volunteer math tutor for struggling students.

Ironically, Bryan began her teaching career in 1986 while still a student with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Board of Education. A gifted student in mathematics, she finished her high school career teaching Grade 11 advanced mathematics and Grade 13 calculus at St. Lawrence Secondary School , then known as St. Lawrence High School.

After graduating from Queen’s University in 1990 with a degree in phys. ed. and mathematics, she earned her teaching degree from the University of Toronto in 1991. She served as a teacher at Char-Lan District High School,   Etobicoke Collegiate Institute , Rothwell-Osnabruck School   (RO), and North Dundas District High School.

From 2004-2008, she worked in what was then the UCDSB Program Department, as lead of numeracy/literacy for Grades 7-12.

She worked as a vice principal from 2008-2012, serving at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School , RO, and Seaway District High School .

She was promoted to the principal’s position at South Branch in 2012, holding the post for three years before moving into her current role at Nationview in September.

For more information, please call:

Allison Grange
Interim Manager of Communications
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 342-0371 ext. 1260

Chad Brownlee
OPC Upper Canada District
613-330-0945 (Cell)

Posted June 24, 2016


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