We Are KPR

Through the #WeAreKPR campaign, we are sharing the faces and stories of your local public schools. Our staff, as ambassadors of public education, work together to help students experience many kinds of success. From our teachers, to our secretaries, custodians, educational assistants, child and youth workers, early childhood educators, counsellors and other professionals, and central support staff, we are fortunate to have so many wonderful people in our schools and school board whose impacts cannot be overstated.

Through short video profiles of KPR staff, you will see reflected our values and beliefs about inclusion, equity and student success.

Madame Sarah Giroux and Madame Odette Kabiseba are a teaching team in the first French Immersion Kindergarten class at King George Public School. These two educators are a wonderful example of a teacher and early childhood educator who collaborate to create meaningful child-centred and play-based learning experiences for our students.

According to Principal Marguerite Masterson, "Parents, guardians and colleagues commend this educator team for recognizing the importance of building connections throughout the entire school, and with the core French program.  They share their enthusiasm for French and support their students in building on skills gained in Year 1 Kindergarten, while also promoting the joy of learning another language. They ensure that their students' first school experience with the French language is a positive one.” 

Bruce Rutherford is a Learning and Life Skills (LLS) Teacher at Clarington Central Secondary School (CCSS). From the Lunch Buddies program, to Therapeutic Paws, Bruce makes phenomenal contributions to the school community with kindness and humility. Principal John Ford has this to say: “Bruce is amazing! His commitment to supporting equity and inclusion for LLS students is exemplary. His work makes CCSS a better place to be!”

Suzanne Chapman is a child and youth worker at Brighton Public School. In addition to supporting positive student behaviour, and fostering self-regulation skills, she runs a Peer Helpers program that allows students to develop self-confidence and feel connected to their school community. Suzanne is a great example of the amazing impact child and youth workers have in our schools. 

Emily Dunford is a long-term occasional teacher; she is currently a valued member of the Armour Heights Public School team where she is well-respected and appreciated by both students and staff. Like many occasional teachers in our district, she provides an essential service by ensuring continuity for students while teachers are away, such as for maternity or sick leave. Principal Jennifer McIlmoyle-Parsons says “Emily is a remarkable team member and is so passionate about her learning and work as an educator in KPR.” 

Karen Watson is a teacher at Port Hope High School whose unwavering passion for supporting students is truly inspirational. Karen invests time in many different student activities and extra-curriculars, including her recent efforts to help the school get a new beach volleyball court.

Johnny McMahon is a custodian at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Peterborough. Johnny plays an active role in the school community, keeping the property clean and safe, including maintenance of the school’s track. His impact is appreciated by students and staff alike.

Christina Morgan-Poort is a Grade 1 teacher at Beatrice Strong Public School in Port Hope. Christina really enjoys learning alongside children and helping her students to grow during the important transition from Kindergarten to Grade 1.

Jennifer Pym-Murphy is a junior teacher at Courtice North Public School. Through the #WeAreKPR campaign, we are sharing the faces and stories of your local public schools. Every couple of weeks you will meet another KPR staff member and hear their passion for making an impact on the lives of students.