There's real Joy at Coley's Point Primary

School administrator Joy Brown named an 'outstanding principal'

Published on February 7, 2013
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.
Photo by Terry Roberts/The Compass

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.