Mr. Scott Banack, Head of School
For those that I have not already met, my name is Scott Banack and I am the Headmaster at Meadowridge School. Having been part of the Meadowridge community since 2009, I have worked as a teacher, MYP coordinator, Middle School Principal, and most recently, the Deputy Headmaster. I have had the opportunity to work with many of the very dedicated and motivated Meadowridge community.
Throughout my 20+ years of experience as an educator, I have been fortunate to work at some of the best schools around the world. I started my career in rural Alberta, before heading overseas to work as a teacher and administrator in Turkey, the Philippines, and Venezuela. My wife Stacy, a teacher at Meadowridge, and I decided to move closer to home after our son Ethan was born. That’s when we found Meadowridge and it has become such an important component of our family. We’ve brought both Ethan and our daughter, Adele, to Meadowridge and it has become their second home. Our connection runs deep, with great friends, colleagues, and peers. It is impossible to accurately describe in words, as this is a community that needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated.
Our school’s mission, learning to live well, with and for others, in a just community, resonates with our community’s desire to do more. We are driven to have a profoundly positive impact on our world. We begin to accomplish this through a series of strategic and thoughtful experiences, often involving our natural environment, collaboration with our peers, and creative and critical problem solving. I am consistently impressed by our students not only for what they are able to accomplish, but the integrity, honor, pride, resilience, and compassion they display while reaching these great heights.
I am energized by the thoughts of a new school year, filled with promise, excitement, nervous energy, and an eternal optimism. I look forward to building this community alongside all of you.
Head of School
Mr. Terry Donaldson, Deputy Head of School
I am so excited to serve Meadowridge School as Deputy Head. I have a B.Ed. in elementary education from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Simon Fraser University. I am entering my 40th year as an educator, so I bring much experience to the role as well.
I have been at Meadowridge School for the past 21 years. I came here after spending many years living in Japan and working as Principal (Head) at the Hiroshima International School. My time overseas shaped me as an educator and broadened my sense of international-mindedness. For me, the development of the “head, heart and hand” for all in the community is paramount and the IB programmes have been instrumental in achieving this. Since Meadowridge became an IB authorized school in 2007, I have been part of the IB Educator network leading workshops and school evaluations throughout North America, which has afforded me the opportunity to learn so much about other schools’ promising practices and bringing them here. I have also served on external accreditation teams for Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Council of International Schools (CIS) and served on the British Columbia Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment development teams.
During my time here, I have seen Meadowridge grow and change into the school we know today. I am so proud to have been part of the leadership team and faculty shaping to the school community and culture. It is such a privilege for me to work with so many wonderful students, families, faculty and staff with such amazing resources and facilities over the years. I look forward to continuing my work here for the years to come.
Deputy Head of School