Jann Schmidt has been selected as Kootenay Lake School District 8’s district principal of international education.
Schmidt has been an educator for 26 years. With a bachelor of education from the University of Calgary, and masters of arts from Gonzaga University in teacher leadership in administration, she is passionate about creating positive opportunities for every student in her care.
Schmidt understands the unique requirements for supporting students with diverse needs, the school district said in a news release. Throughout her career she has worked closely with gifted students, English language learners and created individual education plans for special needs students.
As an administrator, Schmidt has experience leading change and learning in both elementary and secondary school environments. Schmidt ensured learning success and educational programs for new immigrant and international students as a principal in Vancouver before coming to the Kootenays.
While meeting the Ministry of Education requirements is an essential part of her job, she has also learned the importance of creating intercultural experiences in developing global citizens, and she recognizes the gift international students bring in developing cultural appreciation.
In addition to her classroom and administration experience, Schmidt has training in ELL and holds a TESLA certificate that will inform how she provides positive opportunities for all Kootenay Lake international students to help make the best experience possible for them during their stay.
Schmidt replaces Sandy Prentice, who recently retired from the position after 16 years.