Dear Meadowridge Community,
It is my pleasure to announce that Terry Donaldson will be the next Deputy Head of School at Meadowridge, starting in this role on July 1, 2021. This is a key role at our school and we are very fortunate to have someone with the breadth and depth of knowledge, wide range of experience, and intimate knowledge of our school accept this position.
Our search committee set out in October to find the right person for this role; someone with extensive knowledge about the International Baccalaureate Continuum, experience in a variety of educational leadership roles, and someone who aligns with our Meadowridge Mission and Vision. We were overwhelmed with qualified applicants from across BC, Alberta, Ontario, the US, and from many prestigious international schools around the world. After a lengthy process of reviewing applications, collecting written responses, group interviews, and much thoughtful discussion, we were able to develop a shortlist of finalists. In the end, Mr. Donaldson emerged as the best candidate to support the current needs of our school and community.
Mr. Donaldson’s educational leadership experience includes times as a Head of School in Japan, an educational leader at another independent school in BC, and 20 years at Meadowridge. While a member of our community, he has held roles as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, PYP Principal, and, most recently, the JK-12 Director of Teaching and Learning. Across the province, he is recognized for this collaborative work with the British Columbia Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (BCAIBWS), as a professional development leader with the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC), and a longstanding contributor to BC Ministry of Education’s Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA) development team. Internationally, Mr. Donaldson is an accomplished and esteemed leader in the International Baccalaureate Education Network (IBEN) training teachers and administrators through his work as a workshop leader, field representative, consultant, and evaluator. He also has experience accrediting and evaluating schools through the IB, Canadian Accredited International Schools (CAIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Our community knows Mr. Donaldson to be kind, thoughtful, and supportive. His friendly smile and warm demeanour have become hallmarks of our community. No doubt, you’ve seen him greeting children and families in the morning or wishing them well at the end of the day. But beyond his clear commitment to our School and community, he brings a true passion for education and a drive to constantly improve.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Donaldson to his new role.