WEST EDUCATION OFFICE Superintendent Mary Jane McNamara Learning Center 4, Learning Network 23 1 Civic Centre Court, Toronto, ON, M9C 2B3 Phone: 416-394-2036 Fax: 416-394-2062
June 21, 2018,
Dear Parents and/or Guardians of Lord Lansdowne Junior Public School and da Vinci School Appointment of
Incoming Principal and Vice-Principal
The Toronto District School Board, at its meeting held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, approved a number of promotions, transfers and placements of school administrators within the system to take effect September 1, 2018. As a result, there will be a change to the administrative team at Lord Lansdowne Junior Public and da Vinci Schools. Principal Beth Mills will be retiring from the TDSB, and Principal Carol Shea has accepted a transfer to Duke of Connaught Junior/Senior Public School.
Please join me in extending heart-felt best wishes to Ms. Mills as she begins her retirement after a full career in education with eight years as principal at Lord Lansdowne and da Vinci. While totally committed to effective programming, she has done an extraordinary job managing significant changes at both schools. We congratulate her on her long-serving commitment to the care and the education of others.
We thank Ms. Shea for her work this past year at both schools. She settled in very quickly, developed relationships and shared the principal role with enthusiasm. The unique co-principalship of Ms. Shea and Ms. Mills provided the stability required this year at Lord Lansdowne and da Vinci. We wish Ms. Shea all the best as she transfers to the principal role at Duke of Connaught Jr. Sr. Public School.
A warm welcome to Principal Eric (Janos) Szonyi, who is transferring to Lord Lansdowne and da Vinci from Fern Avenue Public School. Mr. Szonyi is a former teacher of French as a Second Language who is looking forward to the principalship in a French centre and an alternative school. He has a good understanding of da Vinci personally and professionally. He holds qualifications in French as a Second Language, Health and Physical Education, Design and Technology, Special Education, and specialists in Mathematics and Special Education. He is committed to leading both schools and supporting their unique needs as well as focusing on building school and community engagement, increasing student achievement, and supporting outdoor education and wellness.
Please know that there is an allocation for a vice-principal at Lord Lansdowne and da Vinci, and this position will be filled over the summer.
Sincerely, Mary Jane McNamara Superintendent of Education, LN23
Ausma Malik Trustee, Ward 10 H