Keith van der Meer appointed vice-principal at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute

 

Lethbridge School District No. 51 is pleased to announce Keith van der Meer has been appointed vice-principal at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

van der Meer’s career as an educator and leader is characterized by a strong belief in collaboration and team work. He believes fostering positive relationships with students, staff, parents and the community is key to the role of leader.

van der Meer maintains that clear and consistent communication is central to authentically involving all stakeholders in the school community, and employing distributive leadership practices maximize the skillsets of staff.

He has a strong pedagogical background and possesses extensive experience in differentiating instruction, supporting students through accommodations, applying the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) and understanding by design (UBD).

“I am looking forward to joining the staff at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute next year. The philosophy of LCI to meet the needs of every student and to recognize their unique and special abilities aligns with my belief that each student is unique and that their interests, strengths and areas of growth all must be understood to support them in achieving their potential. My wife is from Lethbridge, so I have spent a lot of time in the city, and we are pleased to make the city our home.”

van der Meer began his career teaching in Melbourne, Australia in junior and senior high Math and Science. He re-located to Calgary, where he grew up, and has spent the last 10 years at Rundle College Academy. As principal of the Academy, his passion has resided in positively engaging students in their school experience and supporting meaningful connections to the school community.

van der Meer completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Saskatchewan and his Bachelor of Education, as well as his Masters of Education focusing on Educational Leadership at the University of Lethbridge.

Date posted: April 18, 2018