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Sue Montabello, Ph.D.

Sue Montabello is a passionate teacher and administrator whose work honours and nurtures the diversity of community, enabling others to come together to learn and thrive. Sue’s experience and understanding of developing a caring and compassionate community has led to documentation of her work in the NFB video Dare to Care: Transforming Schools through the Ethics of Care. Sue has worked in the Burnaby school district as principal for 25 years. Currently, Sue has just retired after her fifth year in her role as principal at Cariboo Secondary School, bringing the principles of community education into realization. Sue has worked at SFU as a faculty associate and co-ordinator and continues her work as instructor of graduate and diploma programs for practicing K to 12 teachers. At the heart of Sue’s work in all of these environments is a commitment to the promise of community.

  • Preparation for Professional Growth (ECC 509)
  • Leadership & Counselling Diverse Cultures in Education (ECC 515)
  • Instructional Leadership (EEA 532)
  • Change Management with Global Prespectives (EEA 545)
  • Project/Thesis and Portfolio Presentation (EEA 650, 655)
  • 2011-present: Principal, Cariboo Hill Secondary School
  • 1995-present: Sessional Instructor, Simon Fraser University
  • 1991-present: Principal, Burnaby School District
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, 2008
  • Master of Arts in Education, Simon Fraser University, 1993
  • Professional Teacher’s Certificate, University of British Columbia, 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University
  • (2006) Association of British Columbia Deans of Education Award: Teacher Educator of the Year
  • (2006) Welcoming and Inclusive Community Award, Burnaby Multicultural Planning Table
  • (2005) Friends of the Professional Development Program Award, Simon Fraser University
  • (2005) Safe Harbour: Respect for All Champions’ Award, Affiliation of Multicultural Societies Association
  • (2005) Burnaby Family Life Recognition of Support for Children Witnessing Violence
  • Voices of Experience; Pedagogical Images & Teaching Practice. In Dilemmas in Educational Change. Co-authored with Stephen Smith & Meguido Zola (1993).
  • The Gifts & Graces of Time: A Life Interrupted. Unpublished Master of Arts thesis. (1993).
  • Living Full of Hope. Unpublished Professional Development Program Convocation Address. (1997).
  • Journeying into the Heart of Schools: Dwelling in Time, Place and Intimacy. Unpublished Doctor of Philosophy thesis. (2008).
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