It’s a new adventure for Terry Espejo, the new principal at Nak’albun Elementary School in Fort St. James.
“I feel like my spirit has been reawakened,” Espejo said.
“I am so excited about working in an elementary school, meeting new people and working with the many talented professionals here at the school.”
Espejo brings a wealth of experience with him having worked in different sectors of the school system.
He began teaching in the Prince George District at a wilderness camp for young offenders. Since then, he has worked at a youth custody centre, a gang prevention worker in the Walk Tall Program and he has also worked as both vice-principal and principal within the high school system.
Espejo has also taught many subjects including: English, Math, Geography, Alternate Education and Pre-Employment.
On the first day of school, it was important that Espejo meet everyone face to face as he greeted the students and parents.
“This is a change for me and I have much to learn but I’m so excited. It was so great to meet all of the new faces.”
As for the new provincial school curriculum, Espejo couldn’t be more excited.
“There is a cultural focus which is so important. This school holds promise because it is centred on culture and the learning reflects the culture within the school community even though we are so diverse.”
“This is a wonderful school community that seems very involved. I’m very excited for the school year ahead,” Espejo said.
And as for being in Fort St. James, Espejo couldn’t be happier with the environment that now surrounds him.
“I love fishing and I have worked in forestry in the past. I am really looking forward to enjoying the great outdoors here.”