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Introduction to Christian School Leadership

July 6th, 2021

Flourishing schools depend on flourishing leaders. But there is a significant responsibility and pressure placed upon the school leader, and this is especially stressful for those new to the role. How can a beginning principal “start well” and flourish early?

The Introduction to Christian School Leadership program is designed especially for those entering their first few years of Christian school principalship, to help them start their administrative careers on the right foot. Participants will engage in discussion about key aspects of successful Christian school leadership under the direction of two experienced and respected school leaders. Topics such as leadership dynamics, the importance of the administrator’s role, practices and policies, visioneering and strategy, and the balancing of healthy personal and professional lives will be covered. The workshops are designed to facilitate interaction with colleagues in other Christian schools, as well as provide real-life context and immediately applicable knowledge and skills to enhance the leader’s practice in the upcoming school year.

This is a great course for Christian school leaders who are just beginning their careers or for those who have a few years of experience and would like to learn more.

Program Structure

The first two-day workshop will take place at Knox Christian School in Bowmanville on July 6-7, 2021, with a second two-day workshop on August 23-24, 2021 at a location to be determined. Two additional days will be scheduled during the 2021-2022 school year (one in the fall and one in the spring) to provide support and further learning.

Cost - $1250 (plus HST) per participant, which includes course materials, refreshments, and lunch

Program Facilitators

Bonnie Desjardins

Bonnie began her teaching career in Strathroy in 1983 as (then) John Calvin Christian School’s Grade One teacher. After teaching in Strathroy for 6 years, Bonnie, her husband Chris, and baby daughter moved to the Ottawa valley, where Bonnie taught the primary division of Renfrew and District Christian School, and later became its principal. In 1996, she and her family packed up and made the move to Grimsby. Bonnie taught Grade One and Two at (then) John Knox Christian School, which is now Cairn Christian School. In 2005, she was asked to be the principal, and continues to serve the school in that role. Bonnie has the great joy of having her grandson in junior kindergarten this year, and is eager to welcome, the Lord willing, her granddaughter to junior kindergarten in September. Bonnie is part of the leadership team of Cairn Christian School, which has two campuses, one in Smithville, and the other in Stoney Creek. She appreciates the collaborative nature of school leadership and feels strongly about empowering teachers and students to love, learn, and lead in God’s world.

Paul Marcus

Paul began his career in Christian education teaching a variety of grades at Orangeville Christian School. In 2008, he assumed the role as a teaching principal at OCS. In 2011, Paul began sharing the principalship between Community Christian School in Drayton and Orangeville Christian School. After three years of this partnering arrangement, Paul made the transition to Knox Christian School in Bowmanville as full-time Principal and COO. Paul, his wife Jen, and their 4 children live in Newcastle, ON. Paul is passionate about Christian education, school governance, school growth, and working with teams to achieve visionary organizational results. Paul also leads the Durham Principals Cohort as the Edvance Cohort Leader.