Feb. 24, 2020 --
As the new principal of Duchess Park Secondary School, Sid Jawanda brings with him 25 years of experience in School District No. 57. Jawanda, a principal or vice principal for 16 of those years, is thrilled to be in position to carry on the work of his predecessor, Lee Karpenko, who is now an assistant superintendent in the district.
"I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference at Duchess Park Secondary School," Jawanda said. "Duchess Park has a rich tradition and I look forward to making connections with the students and school community. I am hopeful that we will be able to enhance existing programs and create opportunity and options for our graduates."
Jawanda started his job at Duchess Park on Feb. 3.
Most recently, Jawanda was principal at Spruceland Traditional Elementary School. Prior to that, he served as principal at Peden Hill Elementary School and Southridge Elementary School. His other postings in SD 57 – all as a vice principal – were at D.P. Todd Secondary, Kelly Road Secondary, Heather Park Middle School, John McInnis Junior Secondary and College Heights Secondary.
As a teacher, Jawanda worked at Prince George Secondary School (Math and Science) and also at Kelly Road – his first job in the district. Jawanda's first teaching position was in Delta.
Looking back on his career, Jawanda said he's proud of making a positive impact in the lives of students and of the connections he has formed with students, families and colleagues.
Cindy Heitman, deputy superintendent for School District No. 57, said she's "really excited" for Jawanda and Duchess Park.
"He brings such depth of experience," Heitman said. "He's super passionate about students and building positive connections."
Jawanda holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. He graduated from Prince George Secondary School after three years of junior high at Lakewood.
Jawanda spent his elementary school years at Spruceland and the original McBride Centennial.