Crawford Bay School welcomes new principal


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School District 8, Kootenay Lake


Crawford Bay School Principal Rod Giles and friend. 

Today is back to school for students around School District 8, which means familiar routines for those returning and for others new faces and new places. For Rod Giles, the new principal at Crawford Bay Elementary Secondary, it means a return to the Kootenay Lake School District since his retirement in 2014.

Rod originally started in the district in August 1997. Many students and families will recognize him as the longtime principal at ARES (Adam Robertson Elementary, Creston) where he created a warm, engaging, inclusive and collaborative school community for 14 years. Rod also spent four years at Canyon Lister Elementary before retiring to travel across Canada and to New Zealand.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Rod completed his Masters of Education specializing in curriculum and instruction, earned his Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria, Diploma of Physical Education from University of Otago New Zealand and a Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch Teachers College New Zealand.

Rod also held a recent admin position in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta (225 km north of Fort MacMurray) this past year. The contrast between visiting his family’s kiwi orchard in New Zealand and arriving in Fort Chipewyan mid-winter where it was -41 degrees Celsius was shocking!

Rod has a passion for students, and is an engaging, relationship-building, caring and welcoming person. As an individual who provided support for Crawford Bay’s school when the community experienced the tragic and unexpected loss of one of its teachers, Rod’s presence in the school will be a warm and welcoming start to the new school year.

Derek Apple, vice-principal at CBESS is currently on leave.