2019 DISTINGUISHED VICE-PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT

Tammy Constantine

Location: Pond Inlet, Nunavut
School: Ulaajuk School
Grades: Kindergarten to Grade Six
School Board/District:
Qikiqtani School Operations
Superintendent: Trudy Pettigrew

Sonja Lonsdale, CAP Representative for Nunavut (left) presents Distinguished Vice-Principal of the Year Award to Tammy Constantine

Tammy’s Philosophy of Student Learning:

As part of an administrative team, I am a supportive and effective team member. I support the principal in leading the day to day operations of the school ensuring that all students are instructed, assessed and supported in a safe and welcoming learning environment. I ensure that students are ready to learn by ensuring the children have eaten. I order and secure funds for the breakfast program, as well as, providing time for teachers to serve the students and at times delivering food to their classroom.

According to Rick Hillier, leadership is “all about the people.” Therefore, I put the people first. Since presence speaks loudly, I am visible. I work on building relationships with staff and students any chance I get. Since teachers are the number one factor in student achievement, it’s important to keep teachers happy. I am empathetic and compassionate thus showing people that I am genuinely interested in them. I always show respect and accept their input making them feel valued. I provide staff with recognition, support and direction. I always set a strong personal example for all staff and students.

I also focus on a vision. The vision is communicated to teachers and the strategies to get there are well thought out. In doing all of this, I keep student achievement in the forefront. Since improving literacy scores is our number one goal, I secured funds to buy backpacks and books for the students to use at home. This initiative was also aimed at getting the parents more involved in their child’s education. I work collaboratively with all school staff on the literacy initiative. I try to find ways to empower and inspire all staff to meet the goals of the school and territory thus benefitting the students.

I am an individual who has a passion for what I do and I have a very positive attitude. I have a desire to make a difference and I believe that I can make a difference. I lead with my heart. I practice what I preach. I teach the children to treat others the way they want to be treated. I frequently make reference to the Zones of Regulation and Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits to Highly Effective People when discussing discipline issues. Other times I will read them, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’

I stay abreast of the latest developments in student achievement through professional development opportunities, collaboration and literature. Since educating people has incredible return, our staff participates regularly in professional development at the school.
Finally, I truly believe, “teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.”