Stan Watchorn, M.Ed., Ed.D.

Stan Watchorn

Principal Faculty, Master of Education programs

An educator with 40+ years of experience across 3 School Districts in BC, Stan is passionate about Public Education, travel with his wife Heather and keeping up with their 5 grandchildren.  He has been a principal, director or assistant superintendent since 1988.  He received his B.Ed. (Sec) from UBC, an M.Ed. in Administration as well as an M.Ed. in Counselling from University of Victoria, and his Ed.D. from Seattle University.  In addition, Stan has a Diploma in Counselling (UBC), a Diploma in Reading (UBC), and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC.

Stan is currently an Elementary School Principal in School District 78 (Fraser-Cascade).  He previously had an interest in Municipal Politics and served 7 years as an Alderman and later served 6 years as Mayor of Harrison Hot Springs.  Stan taught for San Diego State from 1998 – 2002 in their M.Ed. program before he began teaching for City University in 2002.

Courses Taught at CityUniversity:

  • Career Counselling and Information Services (EGC 545)
  • Mental Health Issues in Schools (EGC 539)
  • Ethics and Law in School-based Practice (ECC 513)
  • Preparation for Professional Growth (ECC 509)
  • Supervision of Instruction (EEA 539)


2014 – present: Principal, Kent Elementary School

2011 – 2014: Director of Instruction, Fraser-Cascade School District

2008-2011: Principal, Hope Secondary School

1995-2008: Assistant Superintendent/Director, Chilliwack School District

1992-1995: Vice-Principal, Sardis Secondary School

1990-1992: Vice-Principal, Vedder Jr. Secondary School

1988-1990: Principal, CHANCE Alternate School


B.Ed. (Secondary) – University of B.C., 1975

Diploma in Counselling – University of BC, 1989

Diploma in Reading – University of BC, 1991

M.Ed. Administration – University of Victoria, 1988

M.Ed. Counselling – University of Victoria, 1992

Ed.D. Educational Leadership – Seattle University, 1995

Doctoral Thesis: Retention Factors for First Nations Students in the Public School System of British Columbia.