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Welcome Message from Jacqui Kroeker

Dear Pembina Trails Collegiate (PTC) students, families, community members and partners,

I would like to introduce myself as your new principal. My name is Jacqui Kroeker and I am truly humbled to serve the Waverley West community. I have been an educational leader for nine and half years and an educator for seventeen years serving in the communities of Fort Garry, Fort Richmond and Tuxedo.  As the new PTC principal, I am committed to creating authentic and inclusive pathways for all students that join our community. I am passionate about creating learning opportunities for all students that prepare them for the world that they live in and the world that awaits them beyond high school.

I am a settler from England and moved to this beautiful province in 2003. My partner Andrew and I met in Winnipeg and have been together for 17 years. We have two boys; Jaxon and Hudson and they bring us joy daily with their kind hearts and joyful attitudes. We have two fur babies - Penny and Norman and we all love to spend time on the land, hiking, kayaking or simply exploring new places of beauty. My family and friends near and far are important to who I am and I believe in creating a school family that work hard together to create a respectful place of learning. 

I have recently completed a Master of Education and during my learning journey, it has become apparent that we are entering a new and exciting era in reimagining education. We need to raise the tide for all learners and create a deep sense of belonging and mastery. I believe that all educators can adopt a two-eyed seeing approach to education. Martin (2012) discusses two-eyed seeing as “diverse understandings of the world and by acknowledging and respecting a diversity of perspectives (without perpetuating the dominance of one over another) we can build an understanding” (p. 24). I believe, it is essential that we encapsulate both western knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing to develop culturally responsive schools to meet our collective commitment to reconciliation. Working in five diverse school communities, listening to each person’s perspectives has shown me how to help develop strong and unified communities with children at the heart of all decisions. Working collaboratively and respectfully with staff, students, families, and community partners is vital for a school community to thrive and I commit to creating this learning environment at Pembina Trails Collegiate. 

I believe in the art of education, relationships and providing authentic pathways for all students to succeed. Andrew Solomon quotes “people…don’t want to be cured or changed or eliminated. They want to be whoever it is that they’ve come to be”. By embracing a holistic school method that focuses on the whole child: mastery, independence, generosity and belonging we enable students to achieve deeper learning by focusing on the following global competencies; creativity, citizenship, connection to self, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

I look forward to building a school community that reimagines education together and embraces common values. Please email me at with any ideas, questions or simply to create an opportunity for connection.

In gratitude,

Jacqui Kroeker

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