March 10, 2020 --
Chris Molcak is back on familiar ground and happy about it.
Last month, Molcak became principal of Prince George Secondary School – the same school in which he began his School District No. 57 career in 2001. Back then, he accepted a job as vice principal and held it for two years. Principal postings at Mackenzie Secondary, College Heights Secondary and the Centre for Learning Alternatives took Molcak up to 2017, at which time he was appointed district principal of Information Technology Skills, Trades and Careers. Molcak enjoyed his leadership role in trades and careers. At the same time, he's finding his return to PGSS rejuvenating.
"I think part of it is being back in a school – being in the hallways, being in the classrooms, that interaction and involvement with kids," he said.
Molcak started in his new position on Feb. 3. He took over from Kap Manhas, who moved to the district office as a new assistant superintendent.
Molcak grew up in southern Alberta, near Waterton Park. He did all of his elementary and secondary schooling at Cardston High and then moved on to the University of Lethbridge, where he completed a Bachelor of Education degree. His first teaching position was at Selkirk Secondary School in Kimberley, located in the East Kootenay region of B.C. The opportunity to become vice principal at PGSS brought him north to SD 57.
Now that Molcak is principal at PGSS, he's on a learning curve because the school is "quite different" than it was 18 years ago.
"As it should be," he said. "So I will be trying to honour the traditions and the stuff that's in progress before figuring out where I'll take it. Coming in mid-year, there are tons of things that are in the works and ongoing so my focus will be to get a handle on what those things are and where I can support them, and then trying to identify what things aren't in place or need to happen with the new curriculum, grad requirements, the Indigenous focus of the district – all of those things.
"I'm looking forward to learning and building the relationships with students and staff and parents, and trying to see where I can help."