When Lois Ehman was looking to climb up the ladder and become a principal, she made moving back to elementary school a priority. Another priority, was moving closer to her family in Alberta. As the new principal at Nicholson Elementary School, it is safe to say that Ehman found an ideal fit.
Ehman spent the last six years at Imacculata High School in Kelowna. She worked the last three years as the vice principal after spending three years as the special education co-ordinator.
Imacculata is a private school with about 250 students. Ehman has previously worked at smaller schools in Regina as well, meaning that Nicholson’s size (95 students this year) will be nothing new for her.
“The smaller schools are nice because you get to know everybody. When you work in a school of 1000 kids, there is no way that you know everybody, and then you also don’t get to know all the parents,” she said.
Despite her six years at a high school, working with younger students has always been Ehman’s passion.
“I just really like the little ones. When I did my first degree I was an early childhood major. The little ones still love their teachers and they are excited to be there. They’re just so much fun,” she said.
Working at Nicholson will also give Ehman a chance to step back into the classroom, as she will be teaching language arts, social studies and physical education to a Grade 4/5 split class four mornings a week.
“It’s good to be back in the elementary classroom…I missed the kids and it’s a good way to have a connection with them,” Ehman said.
With a daughter in Lloydminster, a son in Edmonton and her youngest daughter still in Kelowna, Golden is a more centralized location for Ehman that will allow her to visit her children more often. When her youngest daughter visited a couple of weeks ago, she remarked on how friendly the people are in Golden, something that Ehman has also noticed already.
“[It’s] awesome. I mean that’s how I’m going to get to know people.”
Ehman doesn’t plan to change very much at the school in her first year, preferring to wait and see how things run before reassessing next summer.
“I want to maintain the sense of community that’s out there. I’m not coming in thinking I’m going to make big changes or anything. I don’t believe in that, if there is nothing wrong then why are we fixing it?”