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Popular retiring school principal Bob McIntosh went the extra mile for his students and staff.
After a long and distinguished career of over 42 years in the Seven Oaks School Division — mostly in the Maples area schools — Bob is saying his goodbyes.
Bob simply enjoys teaching, and it’s the primary reason he is only now taking leave of his classrooms.
"I love the kids and the school environment and served in seven different schools and taught at all grade levels. I always thought that I could make a difference in public schools", he said.
Bob started his career in 1976 at James Nisbet School as a physical education teacher. One of his fondest memories was when he was working with his fellow phys-ed teachers several years ago in the Kildonan Collegiate Athletics Conference.
His school, Garden City Collegiate, had a struggling team of athletes. However, in two years, Garden City ended up winning its conference six consecutive times.
Bob is also proud of his contributions to the practice of equity in sports in schools, where students have the choice to participate in sports and recreations which complement their interest and abilities.
Over a decade ago, Bob took the post of principal. During this time, management of school natural playscape projects have been a priority for the popular teacher.
"Bob the Builder" is known for being creative in the classrooms and in the school grounds. Always mindful of the students and staff, Bob has made several lasting small changes. A few years ago, serving as the principal of O.V. Jewitt Community School, Bob placed a retired a 1950s-era farm tractor in the school grounds — as a playscape structure and a Prairie symbol. And now, it’s a magnet to students.
"Building and changing things for the better is what I strive for, to grow is to change," Bob said.
Bob is retiring out of West St. Paul School. He and his wife Cece have a long list of retirement adventures, including: traveling, golfing, cross-country skiing, and taking up full-time residence in cottage country, where they can watch sunsets from the beach with a glass of wine.
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maples community correspondent
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples.
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