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Leslie Cooper-Shand

Principal, Teachers

403-638-3939 Ext 4004
Key Roles


I love my role as the Principal of River Valley School!   I  have worked within administration at the school for the last six years, and feel privileged to work with such an  amazing group of students, families and staff – they teach me something new every day.  I have four children who all are/ were River Valley kids, so the importance of what goes on in the building is not only professional, but also personal.  I truly believe that the success of what happens in a school is a result of what we value…

 At River Valley School we value:

  • People:  ‚ÄčBig, little, young, old, staff, students, parents, specialists, community members – everyone has something to offer the learning environment.  We recognize, encourage and appreciate this.
  • Potential:  What’s possible?  We engage with each individual student.  We consider where they are at academically/ socially/ emotionally right now, but are always pushing them forward with encouragement and support. Kids are the greatest potential that we have. 
  •  Learning & Leading:  Everyone is a learner and a leader in some capacity.  Recognizing and capitalizing on this builds a school community that promotes respect, responsibility, collaboration and innovation.  Deliberate focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Human Curriculum initiatives provides the focus for many leading and learning opportunities.
  • Community:  Developing a strong school community, parallels and promotes involvement in the civic community.  The focus moves beyond developing ethical, engaged, and entrepreneurial citizens here and now, to developing citizens who will take these skills to new and innovative levels in the future.

Finding opportunities to ensure these values become a reality occurs not just through my administrative role, but I also have the pleasure of teaching a variety of classes – Kindergarten Phys. Ed, Grade 6 Art, Grade 7/8 Robotics, and Grade 8 Simply Being Human – a course on learning, the brain, and reaching our potential as human beings.  Spending time with kids is the best part of everyday…They never fail to impress me with their insight, skill (need help with Instagram??), resiliency and humour – what gifts.   

Thank you for choosing to trust us with your children – I commit to doing my best to help them succeed, and so look forward to working with you to ensure they have a great River Valley experience!


Leslie Cooper-Shand