Creston ‘possibilitarian’ named OES
vice-principal for 2018-19 school year

Patsy-Anne Takacs plans to bring along the fun when she joins the administrative team at Osoyoos Elementary. That includes a positive attitude and the "sparkly pants," an essential for her current school's Woot Woot Staff celebration.

A Creston-based principal will be leaving that position to join the administrative team at Osoyoos Elementary School next fall.

Patsy-Anne Takacs will assume the role of vice-principal in August, the Okanagan-Similkameen School District is reporting.

“I’ve been back and forth a bit, trying to find a place (to live),” she said of her move to Osoyoos. “I’ll just sort of transition over the summer.”

Ms. Takacs is currently the principal of Canyon-Lister Elementary School in the Kootenay Lake School District No. 8.

She has more than 20 years experience teaching Kindergarten and primary grades. She is completing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Vancouver Island University’s Centre for Innovative Educational Leadership.

“It’s a great opportunity for growth for me,” she said. “I’m in a smaller school here in Creston — Osoyoos has about 200 more students than what I’m dealing with here.

“It’s a great opportunity for a personal move and a professional growth opportunity. It felt good from the moment I saw the posting.”

Ms. Takacs describes herself as a “Possibilitarian, lover of books, beaches, sunsets and travel.”

“My personal philosophy is I leave myself open to possibilities and then as opportunity arises see how I can make that work,” she explained, adding she encourages her students to explore that same philosophy.

“The power of the word ‘yet’ is really critical. When I hear students talking about how they can’t do something, we always add the word ‘yet.’ ”

She is one of three executive changes announced by the school district in May.

The district also announced the appointment of Naryn Searcy as principal at Similkameen Elementary-Secondary School in Keremeos and Tom Eccleston as vice-principal at the same school.


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