General Amherst High School welcomes new principal

 

By Jolene Perron

 

General Amherst High School will be kicking off the 2017-18 school year with a brand new principal, who’s goals include making connections with staff, students, parents and the community.

Melissa DeBruyne grew up in Tupperville and went to high school in Dresden. She has two children in elementary school, and loves playing sports, particularly hockey. She also has a passion for the outdoors.

“I have taught many different subjects, mainly science and biology,” said DeBruyne. “I started in education in 1996. I taught for 10 years in another board in London, and a year internationally in Ecuador.”

Melissa DeBruyne is the new principal at General Amherst, replacing Hazel Keefner, who retired in June. DeBruyne spent the last four years as the principal at Western Secondary School.

Melissa DeBruyne is the new principal at General Amherst, replacing Hazel Keefner, who retired in June. DeBruyne spent the last four years as the principal at Western Secondary School.

DeBruyne said she has been involved in special education for the last 10 years with the Greater Essex County District School Board. She started in administration in 2009 as the vice principal at Century High School in Windsor.

For the last four years, DeBruyne has been the principal at Western Secondary School.

“It is important to continue to help support all students wherever they are at, with the help of the General Amherst team of teachers and support staff,” explained DeBruyne.

She added, she values all of the pathways for students to achieve their greatest potential, may those pathways include OYAP, co-op, SHSM or community projects.

DeBruyne is excited about coming into a community school, which is so rich in history, academic and sports. She’s looking forward to getting involved in the activities around the school, including music, tech classes, sports and community projects.

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