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Willowdale’s new principal brings experience from TDChristian

Written on September 14th, 2009

Justin De Moor has smooth transition between OACS schools

With experience as the vice-president of communications at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) and recent masters of education completion, Justin De Moor says he is excited to use his skills as principal at Willowdale Christian School.

De Moor, who officially started his position at the elementary school Aug. 4, says with his Calvin College education degree in hand it seemed like the right time to jump into an administration role.

TDChristian and Willowdale, both members of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS), are part of the same Christian education community which fostered a smooth transition, says De Moor.

“I was excited that I was already quite familiar with the school and the community because many of the kids go from Willowdale to Toronto District Christian High,” he says.

The North York school is going into Year 2 of a five-year strategic plan. The school is thinking strategically about what it is, who it serves and how to best do that, says De Moor, noting the school had a successful first year of the plan.

Willowdale board chair Peter Elgersma says De Moor’s communication and development experience will be instrumental in continuing the momentum created through the plan.

“His experience at TDChristian will be a true asset,” says Elgersma.

The three main areas the school will focus on this school year are tuition structure, budget structure and the resource program. De Moor says he is looking forward to pushing through the plan while keeping an open mind for other opportunities.

De Moor says he is enjoying getting to know the Willowdale community, and learning about dreams and passion that staff, parents and board members have for themselves and for Willowdale.

He describes the first few school days as very positive, and has been meeting parents, putting faces to names and receiving kind phone calls and e-mails from fellow Christian administrators.

“It has all been wonderful so far,” he says.

The school is also looking to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, says De Moor, adding it is a time for reflection and looking forward.