Lady Grey Elementary School has a new leader at the helm this year. Blaine Broderick is the new principal, taking over for Janne Arlt who retired at the end of the last school year.
He has spent his career working as a teacher, vice principal and principal in Tumbler Ridge, even though he is actually an import from Newfoundland, and is very excited to be continuing to work with young minds here in Golden.
“I was ready for an adventure, so I headed out west,” said Broderick, who got his first teaching job in Tumbler Ridge in 1999. “No regrets at all. You can’t find a better career than teaching…but I was ready for a new adventure.”
He and his family were ready for a change, so the Broderick family packed up and have made Golden their new home. His three children span the entire Golden school system, with one at Alexander Park, one at Lady Grey, and one at Golden Secondary School.
Of course Lady Grey is where his attention lies at the moment. Even though Broderick is an experienced teacher and administrator, he is taking his time getting to know the school.
“I wanted to make sure I had a solid footing before I took on too much,” said Broderick. In the past, working as a vice principal and principal, he had also spent some time in the classroom teaching. He hopes to do this in Golden as well, but doesn’t want to rush things.
“I love being in the classroom and having that connection with the students…but when you come to a new job it takes time to learn the culture of the school, and of the community,” he said. “Like I said, I want to have a solid footing first.”
Of course he still has plenty of interaction with the students, and considers himself a very involved administrator.
“I’ve always believed that kids all have greatness in them, and it’s our job to help bring that out of them,” said Broderick. “We want to give them every single opportunity that we can.”
Fortunately, Lady Grey has a great team to do just that.
“The faculty here is just great,” added Broderick. “I’m very fortunate to have such amazing and passionate colleagues.”