Ken Sommerfelt, B.Ed, M.Ed

Superintendent of Schools

2010-Present

Qualifications

  • Master of Education (Counseling Psychology), University of Lethbridge, 1994
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Lethbridge, 1982

Experience

  • Superintendent, Westwind School Division, 2010-Present
  • Assistant Superintendent, Westwind School Division, 2006-2010
  • Principal, Cardston Junior High School, 2000-2006
  • Vice Principal, Cardston Junior High School, 1995-2000
  • Teacher and Counsellor, Cardston High School, 1984-1995
  • Teacher, Raymond Junior High, Raymond, 1982-1984

Contact

ken.sommerfeldt@westwind.ab.ca

John Waterhouse, B.Ed, M.Ed

Deputy Superintendent

2010 - Present

Qualifications

  • Master of Education, Majoring in Educational Administration, University of Alberta, 1991
  • Bachelor of Education, Majoring in Secondary Education, University of Alberta, 1985
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, majoring in Administration and Coaching, University of Alberta, 1983

Experience

  • President, College of Alberta School Superintendents, 2016
  • Table Member, College of Alberta School Superintendents, 2013-2016
  • Principal, Montrose Junior High School, 2007-2010
  • Principal, Avondale Elementary School, 1997-2007
  • Vice Principal, Montrose Junior High School, 1993-1994
  • Educational Consultant/Executive Assistant/Round Table Facilitator, Duke and Associates, 1993-1994
  • Vice Principal, Crystal Park School, 1992-1993
  • Vice Principal, Alexander Forbes School, 1990-1992
  • Physical Education, Health, and Outdoor Education Department Head, Montrose Junior High School, 1987-1990
  • Teacher, Montrose Junior High School, 1985-1987
  • Chair, ATA Provincial Executive Council NSC, ATA Resolutions Committee, Committee on Accountability in Education, Sub-Committee on Administrator Issues and Concerns, Finance Committee, 
  • Vice President of the Alberta Teachers' Association
  • Board of Directors, Canadian Teachers' Federation

Publications

  • Teacher Efficacy: Capacity Over Context, The CASS Connection, Fall 2014
  • Professional Learning Communities: One School On Its Way, ATA Magazine, 2003
  • Ethics in Educational Administration, Leadership Times, Council on School Administration, 1998
  • One, Two, Three Strikes You're Out, ATA Magazine, 1999

Contact

john.waterhouse@westwind.ab.ca

Rick Gilson, B.Ed, M.Ed, Ed.D

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Assistant Superintendent

2010 - Present

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education (Dissertation Topic: How High School Students Understand and Apply Leadership Attributes), University of Phoenix, 2017
  • Master of Education, majoring in Education Administration and Leadership, University of Alberta, 1997
  • Bachelor of Education, majoring in Secondary Education, University of Alberta, 1985

Experience

  • District Principal, Grand Prairie Public School District, 2012-2013
  • Principal, Grand Prairies Composite High School, 2004-2012
  • Vice Principal, Grande Prairie Composite High School, 1997-2004
  • Teacher, Grande Prairie Composite High School, 1989-1997
  • Teacher, Montrose Junior High School, 1985-1989
  • ASAA Football Commissioner 2012-2016
  • Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Training, Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment

Recognitions and Honours

  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, 2013
  • Coach of the Year, Alberta Sport Development Council, 2012
  • Coach of the Year, NFL Canada, 2011
  • Provincial Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
  • Coach of the Year, Alberta Sport, Recreation, and Wildlife, 2003
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, 1989

Contact

rick.gilson@westwind.ab.ca

Nolen Olsen, B.Ed, M.Ed, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent

2010 - Present

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education, University of Montana - Missoula, 2008
  • Master of Education, University of Lethbridge, 2004
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Lethbridge, 1978

Experience

  • CASS 6 Zone Executive Member and President
  • Principal, Cardston Junior High School
  • Principal, Westwind Alternate School
  • Teacher, Cardston High School
  • Teacher, Mountain View School
  • Teacher, Matthew Halton Community School
  • Teacher, Forest Lawn High School
  • Teacher, Bowness High School

Contact

nolen.olsen@westwind.ab.ca

Duane Beazer

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Education

  • Powerschool University, Powerschool, 2016
  • Apple Certified Technical Coordinator 10.7, Apple, 2012
  • Apple Certified Support Professional 10.7, Apple, 2012

Experience

  • Powerschool Administrator, Westwind School Division, 2015-Present
  • Event Coordinator, Cardston Kids Marathon, 2009-Present
  • Network Administrator, Westwind School Division, 2004-2015
  • Systems Support Analyst II, Calgary Herald, 2000-2004
  • Manager of Prepress Technology, Westmount Press Limited, 1996-1999
  • Marketing Coordinator, Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, 1992-1996

Contact

duane.beazer@westwind.ab.ca

Pam Boyson

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

2003 - Present

Qualifications

  • Teacher Assistant Certification Program, University of Calgary, 2002
  • Canadian Institute of Bankers Certification Course, University of Lethbridge, 1998
  • Canadian Institute of Bankers Certification Course, Lethbridge College, 1993

Experience

  • Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Westwind School Division, 2003-Present
  • Teacher Assistant, Cardston Elementary School, 1998-2003
  • Front Line Sales/Service; Investment Sales/Advisor; Customer Service Coordinator, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Cardston, 1980-2003

Contact

Corey McCarthy

Transportation Supervisor

Education

Experience

  • Transportation Supervisor, Westwind School Division, 2017-Present
  • Network Administrator, Westwind School Division, 2014-2016
  • Owner Operator, CFSO-TV Channel 32, 2008-Present
  • Technical Coordinator of Technical Operations, Calgary Herald and National Post, 2003-2007
  • Systems Administrator, Calgary Herald, 1999-2003
  • Technical Manager, Videotron Cable Television Station, 1992-1997
  • Prepress and Systems Specialist, Temple City Star, 1996-1997
  • Production Supervisor, Temple City Star, 1994-1996
  • System Consultant, Self-Employed, 1990-1994
  • System Technician, Self Employed, 1986-1988

Contact

corey.mccarthy@westwind.ab.ca

Earl Cowan

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Mechanic

2015-Present

Education

  • Emergency Medical Responder Program, Lethbridge College, 2014
  • Automotive Mechanics Degree, Lethbridge College, 1989

Experience

  • Emergency Medical Responder, Alberta EMS Fire Rescue, 2013-Present
  • Volunteer Firefighter, Cardston County Emergency Services Authority, 2012-Present
  • Journeyman Automotive Mechanic, CSL Ford, 1994-2015
  • Journeyman Automotive Mechanic, Johannson Ford, Taber, AB, 1989-1994