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School administrator Joy Brown named an 'outstanding principal'

Principal Joy Brown (foreground) is pictured in this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo during the first day of classes at Coley's Point Primary in Bay Roberts. In the background are a group of proud parents.

The school administrator at Coley's Point Primary in Bay Roberts has been named one of Canada's outstanding principals for 2013.

Joy Brown will be one of 51 school principals recognized during a gala dinner event and awards ceremony on Feb. 26 in Toronto. The trip also includes a five-day training program at University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

The Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2013 awards is a program of The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in Canada.

Brown is one of only two school administors working in this province to receive the award this year.

The other is Robin McGrath, principal at Holy Cross Elementary in Holyrood.

Brown told TC Media on Wednesday she was humbled to have her co-workers nominate her for the honour.

"Almost all the paperwork was in place before they let me know about it," she laughed. "It was very humbling."

Previously a music teacher at the school, Brown served as vice-principal at Coley's Point Elementary before becoming its principal. She has held that position for six years.

There are 336 students at the K-3 school, and Brown describes them as a "eager learners."

"There's not a day that's the same, and you just walk in through the door in the morning with the attitude, 'OK, what are we going to learn today.' They're a fantastic group of children, and I don't say that because I'm the principal of the school. I say that because that's the way it is."

Principals are nominated by their peers, school staff and community members in every province and territory. Nominations are reviewed and final winners selected on a representation-by-population basis by a national selection committee made up of a distinguished group of Canadian education, community and private sector leaders.

Candidates are chosen using the following criteria: characteristics of outstanding principals; evidence of partnerships with parents and community; a personal story illustrating successful change and innovation that resulted in improved student achievement; and letters of support.

“Behind every great school is a great principal who is not only an outstanding educator but an excellent manager and leader,” said Akela Peoples, president and CEO of The Learning Partnership.

“These school CEOs communicate compelling visions, engage their communities, mentor their staff and, most importantly, create safe and nurturing learning environments for students. We are thrilled to be recognizing these individuals as examples of excellence in public education.”

For more coverage, pick up a copy of the Feb. 12, 2013 print edition of The Compass.


Organizations: The Learning Partnership, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management Holy Cross Elementary TC Media The Compass

Geographic location: Canada, Bay Roberts, Toronto Holyrood

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  • Joanne Tuttle
    February 10, 2013 - 07:07

    Mrs. Joy Brown is diffidently an amazing person. I have 2 boys one 18 and 7 she was there when my first boy started and now for my second. She as compassion like no other, fair and understanding. A very deserving award to a very deserving person. Congrats Mrs. Brown Joanne Tuttle also from Daniel & Kaylan

  • Stephanie Lawlor
    February 09, 2013 - 21:33

    As a colleague of Joy's, I couldn't be more thrilled to hear the news that she was a recipient of this prestigious award. She is a wonderful leader and absolutely deserves it!

  • Teri Parsons
    February 08, 2013 - 07:25

    I am so thrilled that Joy Brown has been recognized for this award. There could not be a better person selected for this award. She is a true advocate for her school. She cares for each and every child at this school. I am extremely delighted with this news!!! Congrats Joy! Teri Parsons, Chair-School Council, Coleys Point Primary