New Homeschooling Program brings Administration Changes at SPS and IFC

New Homeschooling Program brings Administration Changes at SPS and IFC

Prairie Rose Public Schools is pleased to announce that starting in September 2021, a full-time and shared responsibility homeschooling program will be added to the Prairie Rose education family. Last fall, the school division began the process of engaging with homeschool parents in southeast Alberta to understand more about programming priorities and reasons for choosing a homeschooling program. Through this process we learned that within the Prairie Rose attendance area there are many families who have chosen this educational option instead of in-person schooling. As a public school provider, it is important that Prairie Rose explore all opportunities for students living in our communities and the addition of a shared and full-time homeschooling program supports this goal.

As a result of the new program, the following administrative changes will be occurring over the next few weeks:

New Homeschooling Program Principal - Sherry Rissling
Prairie Rose is pleased to announce that Sherry Rissling, the current principal of Seven Persons School, has accepted the position as the new homeschooling principal. Mrs. Rissling has worked for Prairie Rose for the past 30 years, with the last 15 in an instructional leadership role. She has a bachelor of education with an early childhood diploma and special education specialization, and a masters of education from the University of Lethbridge. Throughout her career, she has been passionate about alternate education opportunities having supported homeschool placements and shared responsibility programming within her current position as principal. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for Prairie Rose and one I have seen value in over the last nine years working at Seven Persons School. I look forward to working with parents and local schools, to support parental choice in education, throughout the entire division. ~Sherry Rissling

Sherry Rissling’s last day at Seven Persons School will be February 26, 2021, transitioning to her new role as homeschooling principal on March 1, 2021.

Seven Persons School Principal - Catherine Usher
Prairie Rose is pleased to announce that Catherine Usher will be moving into the role of principal at Seven Persons School, following the transition of Sherry Rissling to the homeschooling program principalship. Mrs. Usher has been an educator for 17 years, with the past four years serving as principal of I.F. Cox School in Redcliff. Prior to joining Prairie Rose in 2017, Mrs. Usher worked for the Medicine Hat Public School District. In addition to almost two decades of teaching experience, she has two undergraduate degrees from the University of Alberta, a masters of education from the University of Lethbridge and is currently working on her doctorate in education through the University of Western Ontario.

“I grew up in Medicine Hat and am proud to call southeastern Alberta my home. I am so excited and genuinely humbled to become a part of Seven Persons School, where I can continue to support the growth and development of children to Learn to Live and Live to Learn!” ~ Catherine Usher

Catherine Usher’s last day at I.F. Cox School will be on February 24, 2021. She will begin at Seven Persons School on February 25, 2021, transitioning officially to the principal role on March 1, 2021.

IF Cox School Acting-Principal - Linda Asham
Currently serving in the role of vice principal at I.F. Cox School, Linda Asham will be moving into the acting-principal position upon Catherine Usher’s transition to principal of Seven Persons School.  Mrs. Asham is a familiar face at I.F. Cox School having worked there for the past seven years. Before joining I.F. Cox School, Asham was the vice principal at Margaret Wooding School for five years, and principal of Jenner School for four years. She holds a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta and a masters in educational leadership from the University of Lethbridge.

“You could say I am a Prairie Rose lifer, having grown up and attended school at I.F. Cox and Parkside schools. I love this community and I am excited to be given the opportunity to work with the students, parents and staff of Isabel F. Cox School in this new role. I am proud of the work we have done as a staff and I want us to continue to grow in the future to serve our students to the best of our ability.” ~ Linda Asham 

Linda Asham will officially assume the role of acting-principal on February 25, 2021 through till the end of the school year. The I.F. Cox principalship will be posted for competition later this spring with a start date of September 2021.