Welcome back staff, students, and parents to SD 52!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing summer. I’m thrilled to be joining you as your new superintendent, and I’d like to take this opportunity introduce myself to everyone in the Sd52 community. I’ve been fortunate to work in the field of education for over 30 years in a variety of roles, from support staff, pre-school teacher, and high school teacher to elementary school principal and college instructor. I’ve worked in a variety of capacities at the district level from Aboriginal Curriculum Specialist to District Principal of Aboriginal Education. Hailing originally from the prairies, I’ve loved beautiful British Columbia for a very long time.

As superintendent, my initial focus will be on increasing the positive narrative of Sd52 in the community by celebrating stories of accomplishment and success in our school family. The success of our Strategic Plan relies on a “whole village” approach to implementation in order to “ensure each student successfully completes their educational program with a sense of hope, purpose and control.”

I’m so excited to be part of Prince Rupert’s amazing learning community. I’m looking forward to meeting our students, teachers, and school staff as I become acquainted with our outstanding school district. I’ve already been made to feel very welcome here in Sd52 by our dedicated principals, vice-principals and board office staff. I look forward to building positive relationships with parents, families, and members of the community as I continue to learn about Prince Rupert as superintendent. I welcome your continued positive energy and thank you for your ongoing dedication to excellence in education.

I would like to take this opportunity also to sincerely welcome all new and returning families in our school district, as well as to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning teachers and school staff. It’s thanks to you that I believe an outstanding year of learning year will unfold for all of our students.

I would like to thank the maintenance staff who prepared the schools inside and out for the start of the school year, the technology department who has upgraded and improved access, and to all the staff who work behind the scenes to keep our school district running smoothly during the summer holidays. Finally, I would like to thank the Sd52 Board of Trustees for all their hard work making Prince Rupert a great place for education.

At Sd52, we strive to be a community of learners with a growth mindset. We are inclusive, engaging, and real.

With sincere best wishes for a superb school year!


Irene LaPierre

Superintendent of Schools

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