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Jo-Anne Kingstone started her career in independent schools thirty-five years ago as a teaching intern at Ridley College, St. Catharines. In the years between that first year and today, she has worked in a wide variety of teaching and learning environments, firstly assuming all the traditional roles of a boarding school “triple-threat” teacher before taking on expanding leadership roles in schools and working at the association level. Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to education and to the ideals and practicalities of living and working in communities such as those created by independent schools.
The broad range of Jo-Anne's experiences inform her current work as a coach and facilitator for leaders, teams, and schools seeking to build their capacity and advance their strategic objectives. Beginning her own leadership journey at the Webb Schools in California, before moving to Vancouver Island to spend 10 years as Deputy Head at Shawnigan Lake School and then taking that same position at Crofton House School, provided opportunities to work alongside exemplary, experienced school heads, to sit on Boards (St. Mark's Episcopal School, The Association of Boarding Schools, Lake Trail Community Education Society) and Board committees, to teach for TABS, and even take a year out to work with CAIS as Director of Programs and Accreditation. Jo-Anne left Crofton to assume the Headship at Aspengrove School, drawn to the clear sense of purpose, entrepreneurial spirit and deep community roots she saw in this young and vibrant school. During her time at Aspengrove she led the community through their (only) second strategic plan, established a collaborative leadership culture, built the Board capacity, and shepherded the design and construction of the school's first permanent building, an Athletic and Activity Centre.
Jo-Anne's school leadership journey has built her expertise in the following areas: operations and program design, whole school functions and change management, strategic understanding, design and facilitation, team and leadership development, and community engagement.
Aside from her daily routine of running forest trails and drinking good coffee, Jo-Anne continues to dedicate herself to school communities, school leaders and the young people at the center of their good work.