Feller moves to Division office, update to senior admin changes
Following the announcement of the pending departure of Superintendent Dave Driscoll and appointment of Darryl Seguin as Acting Superintendent, Livingstone Range School Division has reworked a number of senior positions to manage shifting responsibilities.
Current Deputy Superintendent Seguin will assume leadership of the Division on October 1, 2017, creating a vacancy in the associate role.
“We've considered many options for moving forward to ensure the continuity of programs and supports in our division,” says Seguin. “As a result, we've decided it’s better at this time to add a director rather than another associate superintendent, as everything is temporary until the Board decides on a new superintendent for the longer term.”
The additional position will be filled by Richard Feller, current principal at W.A. Day Elementary School in Fort Macleod. Feller will assume the new Director of Learning (Support Services) portfolio covering: Inclusive Education (including RCSD work); First Nations, Metis and Inuit programs; the Nutrition project, comprehensive school health and other duties as assigned.
Richard Feller began his career with LRSD at Livingstone School in 1999, and later became assistant principal and then principal at G.R. Davis and W.A. Day schools. Feller brings a broad spectrum of skills and experience to his new role, in the areas of inclusive education, alternative programming for junior high students, integration of technology into classroom teaching and learning, and Aboriginal education.
Feller has partnered with other educators looking at teaching strategies within multi-age and interdisciplinary thematic approaches and how those strategies impact student achievement on provincial exams. He also has an extensive background in technology and was instrumental in leading Granum School to become one of only 36 schools in Canada designated as members of the Network of Innovative Schools.
W.A. Day Assistant Principal, Dave Fender, will become the school’s acting principal. Other senior administrative duties at Division office will be covered through changes to existing roles and redistribution of selected responsibilities for LRSD personnel Ken Sampson (current Associate Superintendent Programs & Services), Danny Roberts (current Director of Learning) and Chad Kuzyk (current Director of Learning & Innovation)The Division believes this approach to leadership will provide effective coverage for current responsibilities while the search process for a new superintendent gets underway.
“It will allow the good work of our school division to continue this year toward the accomplishment of our school division goals, while at the same time respecting the prerogative of the new superintendent to create an organizational structure that will meet the needs of the division moving forward,” says Seguin.
The new organizational structure will come into effect upon the departure of Dave Driscoll, who will be moving into the role of superintendent for Palliser Regional Schools.
Two assistant principal positions will also be reassigned. Leanne Feller will assume Dave Fender’s previous role as assistant principal at W.A. Day, and Nick Beer will become assistant principal at West Meadow Elementary School, filling the position opened up by the transfer of former Assistant Principal Dana Burrows to the role of acting principal at Stavely Elementary.
Leanne Feller began working in LRSD in 1996, and has taught at both G.R. Davis and W.A. Day schools. She graduated with distinction from the University of Lethbridge, completing a combined B.A./B.Ed. degree with a major in English/language arts. Feller was also an active community volunteer and youth group leader, and will add these leadership skills to her most recent experiences at W.A. Day. She has demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills in teaching and will be an important contributor to the new administrative team at her school.
Nick Beer has been with the Division since 2006, teaching at J.T. Foster School in Nanton, and at G.R. Davis and W.A. Day schools in Fort Macleod. He completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Lethbridge, majoring in educational leadership with a focus on school improvement. Beer is a facilitator for 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, within the Division. He brings a background in science and math to his new role as well as several years experience coaching both basketball and volleyball. He has also been part of the LRSD Education Technology Advisory Committee and PD Committee.