École St. Eustache School is about to lose a valued member of its faculty.
Principal Nanette Ingram recently announced she will be leaving the school. Her last day on the job will be June 29.
Ingram tendered her resignation after accepting a position at Université de Saint-Boniface’s faculty of education.
The longtime educator said leaving such a wonderful environment wasn’t an easy decision.
"It was such a difficult decision to accept this position because I love this school and I love the community that supports it," said Ingram, who will serve as a professor and faculty advisor at the university.
Ingram served as principal of École St. Eustache for the past two years and was its French language co-ordinator for the last four. Despite her relatively short tenure, she made a significant contribution to both the school and the division, said Prairie Rose School Division superintendant Bruce Wood.
"I have mixed feelings about her leaving us," he said. "On the one hand she is leaving for an amazing opportunity. On the other hand she is a valued member of our school team both as a principal and as the division’s French language revitalization co-ordinator."
Wood said that one of Ingram’s biggest accomplishments was bringing French teachers in the division together.
"Over the last four years she has moved the project along and we have noticed an incredible sense of enthusiasm amongst our teachers," he said.
"She has brought the teachers of basic French from our schools and the immersions teachers together as a unit which has made huge improvements in the quality of French instruction in Prairie Rose."
Wood also noted that since Ingram took up the position at St. Eustache, enrolment and interest in the school has increased.
Ingram said much of her success in St. Eustache can be attributed to the community that supports the school.
"It’s not just the parents, but the community at large that really supports the school like no community I have ever been in," she said. "I have always been really fortunate to be in areas that support their schools. You can’t imagine what people do out here to support this school."
Ingram will be replaced in St. Eustache by Fay Pahl, who has previously worked in the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg.
Wood noted that Pahl grew up in St. Eustache and her return will be something of a homecoming.