There are some new teachers at Roland Michener Secondary School and Lakeside Outreach School.
Merle Hubbard is the new vice principal at Lakeside.
“I enjoy being in the classroom,” he says. “I enjoy being with the kids. I enjoy learning and I try to impart that to the kids.”
“I spent a year being vice principal on Vancouver Island,” he says. “Then, vice principal at a private school just south of Calgary.”
Hubbard has taught most grades from 3 to 11, but this is his first experience in an outreach school setting.
“This (an outreach school) is brand new for me,” he says. “I’ve really liked it so far.”
Hubbard’s wife and children are still in Okotoks, south of Calgary. The twins are in Grade 12. Their daughter is in Grade 10. The plan is for the family to move once the twins graduate high school.
“I really like it (Slave Lake),” Hubbard says. “There’s lots to do here. You have these things called trees, which are fun to look at. It does remind me of the central part of BC – small rolling hills and lots of greenery.”
Hubbard was “born and raised in BC,” but has lived in Alberta for about 20 years. As a child, he lived in various part of BC from Prince George to west of Kamloops. He attended high school in Golden, and ended up in Calgary for university and for most of his teaching career.
“I started teaching in ‘97,” he says. “Not much you could do with an English degree back then, so I went into teaching.”
Hubbard has a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Calgary (U of C), an education degree from the University of British Columbia, and a masters in education leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Delbert (Del) Sheehan is a new vice principal at Roland Michener Secondary School.
Sheehan is in his 26th year of teaching, he says. “It’s my first assignment as a vice principal. It’s busy. It’s a totally different environment.” However, he enjoys it and is learning a lot.
Raised in Grimshaw, Sheehan has taught throughout the Peace Region. For the last 16 years, he taught CTS Industrial arts – wood shop, mechanics, welding, machining, etc. in Grande Prairie. Before that he was involved in inclusive education in Peace River.
Sheehan has a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta. He finished a masters at U of C in 2012, and is working on a EdD (education doctorate) in education leadership at the U of C. He just passed his oral exam and hopes to finish his dissertation in the spring. His topic is examining why Grade 9 to 12 female students who enroll in CTS classes, don’t go on to ‘non-traditional’ trades.
For women, traditional trades are cosmetology, baking etc. With mechanic, carpenter, electrician, etc. non-traditional.
Sheehan says he became a teacher because, “I love learning and working with students and it keeps me young at heart.”
Adam Hogarth is teaching wood shop and physical education at Michener.
“It’s pretty much a dream job for me,” says Hogarth. “I’ve taught for 13 years, phys ed mostly.”
Hogarth taught in Olds, Alberta and in Burns Lake, BC. While in BC, he worked as a vice principal for a while.
“I felt that I was losing the passion and drive,” he says, so he went back to teaching. He taught split elementary classes, which enabled him to teach three of his four sons. However, he’s excited to get back to teaching junior and senior high school teaching.
Hogarth grew up in Newfoundland and got his teaching degree at Memorial University in St. John’s.
The other shop teacher at Michener took the same course, several years.
Hogarth has a wide range of interest in sports. He was a national track athlete in javelin and discus, he played high school basket ball, and university volleyball. He’s also coached soccer, rugby, and wrestling.
Hogarth moved west, because at the time, in Newfoundland people had to work as a substitute teacher for two to three years before getting a teaching job. As a snowboarder, he also wanted to be closer to the mountains. Those first two years, he snowboarded a dozen different mountains.
“Then I met my wife in Olds,” he says. “Now, I’m stuck here,” which is a good thing. As there are more sports opportunities out west. For example, in Newfoundland limited communities have arenas and curling rinks, whereas most in Alberta do.
Hogarth and his family have horses, so for the time being they are living just outside of Athabasca. In the future, they are looking at moving to Smith area.