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New superintendent for Sturgeon Public

Shawna Walter to take over this September
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NEW BOSS — Sturgeon Public Schools trustees announced Feb. 9, 2022, that they have appointed Shawna Walter, shown here, as their new superintendent effective in September. Walter was appointed as the district's acting superintendent in November 2021. STURGEON PUBLIC SCHOOLS/Photo

A familiar face will step up to become Sturgeon Public’s new superintendent this fall, trustees have decided.

Sturgeon Public Schools trustees announced Feb. 9 that they have picked Shawna Walter to serve as the district’s new superintendent effective Sept. 1.

Walter was appointed as the board’s acting superintendent in November after superintendent Mary-Lynne Campbell went on extended medical leave due to knee surgery. Campbell is set to retire this June.

Walter said she started teaching in 1992 and taught in four rural school divisions before she joined Sturgeon Public in 2007. She taught at Landing Trail and Guthrie schools before serving as vice-principal and principal of Morinville Public. She served as associate superintendent with the district prior to becoming acting superintendent in November.

Walter described herself as a collaborative problem solver who always puts kids first and aims to foster a culture of inclusion and high achievement.

“Sports are my life,” she added, and her experiences as a coach and player have made her a team player.

In a joint statement provided by spokesperson Karen Meurer, Sturgeon Public trustees said Walters has worked through challenges with grace and insight and has given them confidence in her abilities as acting superintendent during difficult times.

“She has consistently shown care for our students and staff alongside strong leadership qualities. We will continue to work together to keep Sturgeon Public Schools as an amazing place to grow and learn.”

Walter said she is honoured and humbled by the board’s support, and hopes to build stronger relations between schools and the community in days ahead.

Kevin Ma

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Kevin Ma joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2006. He writes about Sturgeon County, education, the environment, agriculture, science and aboriginal affairs. He also contributes features, photographs and video.
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