St. Catherine’s Academy principal an award winner

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Heather Hanlon of St. Catherine’s Academy in Mount Carmel-Mitchells Brook-St. Catherine’s has been recognised by The School Administrators Council of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teacher’s Association as a principal of distinction.

“I was very humbled,” said Hanlon. “I’ve worked with a lot of amazing administrators over the years. I have friends and colleagues who are administrators now who I feel are just as deserving, if not more. So, it was very humbling.”

Hanlon is a co-winner of the 2020 award with Immaculate Conception Primary principal Todd Crane. Both found out they received their awards back in the spring. The award presentation was to be held in October, but was delayed due to COVID-19, and ultimately shifted to an online ceremony in late 2020.

Hanlon started as a teacher at St. Catherine’s in 2004, before becoming vice-principal and then principal. She also teaches English, French, nutrition, and religion.

She was nominated by fellow staff members.

“I don’t think anybody can receive this award if they don’t have a phenomenal staff, school council, and community support,” said Hanlon. “I would not be able to do half of what I do if I didn’t have amazing support from the community, staff, and my students… and I really do feel that I have one of the best school councils in the entire province. So, it’s easy to look at a shiny penny when you have all of these people behind you… My staff, my school council, and the community; if I didn’t have their support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing.” she said.

Hanlon did allow she has a strong work ethic which made her a candidate for the award.

“I’m at the school every morning before 7:30 a.m., and I’m the last one to leave in the afternoon,” said Hanlon, who, aside from her teacher and administrative duties, finds time to get invovled with the school’s extracurricular activities.

“I’m up to my neck in whatever’s happening here,” she said.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News