ALJ principal one of Canada’s Most Outstanding Principals


FALL RIVER: The principal at Ash Lee Jefferson School in Fall River is one of two Halifax Regional Centre for Education principals listed among The Learning Partnerships top 30 educators across Canada.

Lynn Mills worked as principal previously at Bell Park Academic Centre, where she worked collaboratively with the community to increase student achievement.

“She secured the support of partners like the Boys and Girls Club and the Royal Bank of Canada to offer more resources for social, emotional and academic growth,” said a release from The Learning Partnership in announcing the top 30 principals on Jan. 29.

It continues, adding that Mills built a trusting relationship with staff, promoting professional development and involving them in school decisions.

“She values her students and their families and respects their lived experiences,” said the release. “It’s common for Lynn to visit local community centres, churches, and even attend her students football, hockey, ringette, and baseball games.

“She is a true leader, serving as a mentor to staff, students and members of the community.”

Now celebrating its 15th year, The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. The 30 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities.

All 30, including Mills, will be recognized for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals awards celebration on February 26, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. The recipients also benefit from an executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Canada’s Outstanding Principals is made possible through the generous support of program partner, CIBC, as well as provincial and territorial governments across the country.