Peter Johnston, MEd 1997, BEd 1986
I am a father of 5 children and have a beautiful wife who is an elementary teacher. After seven years as Principal at Earl Marriott Secondary, I became Principal at a new public school start-up called Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL), K – 12, in Surrey, B.C. After 4.5 years in the private sector from 2001 -2005, I returned to my real passion and rejoined SD 36. In a year and a half, SAIL transformed its pedagogy and delivery system. The pedagogy is in complete alignment with BC's new curriculums. The educational philosophy/vision of SAIL is "Learning Without Limits." This philosophy is embedded with staff and students of SAIL. Year 3 (2016-17) has SAIL with waiting lists for all programs. The only limits are school space. I have shared the journey of creating a new school with colleagues throughout North America. I have presented at ASCD, NASSP and numerous other major conferences over the last decade on school change. I am always willing to share my learning and collaborate with other like-minded educators.
Please tell us how you first discovered your program.
Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.
At the time, and currently, it is consider the most innovative education program.
Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
Ann Henderson (Faculty Associate), Michael Manley-Casimir, Fred Renihan (Masters Advisors).
What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?
Collaboration with like minded educational leaders.
What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?
It is difficult at times to juggle family, work and masters, but it is well worth it in the end.
Is there anything else you wish to share?
Public education is currently going through a very exciting change. It requires educational leaders to be innovative, designers and collaborative. Status quo is no longer acceptable.