Grant Spotted Bull (Artist in Residence)

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Grant was born and raised in Southern Alberta’s Blood Reserve.  His Medicine Wheel series is installed at the University of Lethbridge Library.  This four part oil painting series depicts four eras of Blackfoot experience as reflected by different interpretations of the iconic Blackfoot medicine wheel: the Creation, Pre-Colonization, Residential Schools and Healing.

Grant’s commitment to art reflects the value of community reciprocity. “If I have been fortunate enough to have been given something or to have learned something, I think it is my duty to pass these things on to others. It is all about community and sharing.”

Grant’s approach reflects the deep mentor relationships that exist in traditional Blackfoot culture. “Mentorship is about inviting, not requiring, not judging.”

 

Art Specialties

  • Paint
  • Charcoal
  • Blackfoot themes

 

Education

  • Bachelors of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge (in progress)

 

Portfolio

 

 

 

 

Nathan Smith (School Counsellor & Artist in Residence)

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  NATHAN SMITH   ¢

 

 

Nathan has always seen himself as a creative. As a youth he was a CHS art scholar. Since then, it seems he is continually in one art and design course or another. Typical of many creatives, he always has a pencil and sketchpad close at hand. 

Over the last decade, his focus has shifted from analog work to digital mediums. Branding is his passion. “There is something about filtering a product, idea, organization, or even an individual down to an image that illustrates its essence is incredibly engaging to me.”

Nathan has made it a point  to share his passion for art & creative development with others. He has significant commercial experience and has won numerous design competitions.

During his 12 years as a Westwind Family School Liaison Counsellor he has designed drama sets, painted them, created shirt and hood­ie designs, and been responsible for producing various media to support school culture and programs.  He has also developed skills in art therapy.

Nathan’s residency focuses on a major branding project for Westwind School Division. His role is to help students understand how arts are applied in professional contexts. 

Nathan looks forward to mentoring students interested in digital design and supporting their digital portfolio and self-brand development. “Interested and caring mentors helped me see my potential as an artist. They focussed my passion. This is a great opportunity to give back.”

 

Art Specialties

  • Graphic design
  • Digital illustration
  • Art Therapy

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Lethbridge

 

Experience

  • Family School Liaison Counselor, Cardston Elementary
  • Outdoor Education Camp Leader

 

Contact

nathan.smith@westwind.ab.ca

Shannon Ulrich (Outreach 7-9)

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While working almost full time at the Alternate School last spring from Easter through June, I really gained an appreciation for the staff and students that I met with every day. The Alternate School has such an important role in providing students with a different setting for learning, either giving that extra tutoring or giving the independent student the chance to forge an individualized path

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Brigham Young University

Teaching Experience

  • High School English, Manyberries School
  • Grades 1 & 2, Manyberries School
  • High School Spanish, Southern Alberta LDL High School
  • Homeschooled three children in grades 5, 7, 9
  • Substitute teacher at various schools

Awards

Contact

shannon.ulrich@westwind.ab.ca

Heather Burton (DL 1-9)

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Teaching Focus

  • English (grades 1-9)
  • English (grades 10-11)
  • Distance learning (grades 1-9)

Education

  • Bachelor of Education (with Honours), University of Lethbridge, 1989

Experience

  • Teacher, Westwind Alternate School, 2014-Present
  • Conflict Resolution Coach and Facilitator, The Arbinger Institute, 2011-Present
  • Educational Assistant, Westwind Alternate School, 2014
  • Director of Global Community Services, The Arbinger Institute, 2008-2011

Public Writing

Awards

  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013

Contact

heather.burton@westwind.ab.ca

Chris Goble (Outreach 10-12)

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Teaching Focus

  • Science
  • Math
  • Work experience
  • CTS options (legal studies, construction, computers, tourism)
  • Special projects
  • Advanced social studies via inquiry based learning

Education

  • Master of Education in Educational Technology, University of Calgary, 2009
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Lethbridge, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia, 1998

Experience

  • Teacher, Westwind Alternate School, 2011-Present
  • Instructional Technology Manager, Lethbridge College, 2009-2011
  • Lead AISI Facilitator, Westwind School Division, 2007-2009
  • Distributed Learning Consultant, Westwind School Division, 2006-2007
  • Teacher, Westwind Alternate School, 2005-2006
  • Teacher, Cardston High School, 2001-2004
  • Teacher Westwind Alternate School, 2001-2003
  • Teacher, W.R. Meyers High School, 2000
  • Teacher, Cypress Inter-provincial Park, 1999
  • Academic Assistant, University of British Columbia Physics Outreach, 1998

Research and Publications

Contact

chris.goble@westwind.ab.ca

Larry Murray (Home Ed, DL)

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Education

  • Bachelor of Education, University of Lethbridge, 1992

Experience

  • Teacher, Westwind Alternate School, 2014-Present
  • Teacher, Deerfield Colony School, 2009-2014
  • Teacher, Hill Spring School, 2002-2009
  • Teacher, Dorothy Dalgliesh School, 2001-2002
  • Teacher, Rosamond High School, 2000-2001
  • Teacher, Wellsville Elementary School, 1997-2000
  • Teacher, Tooele Junior High School, 1994-1997
  • Teacher, Kildala Elementary School, 1993-1994
  • Teacher, Haiasla Board of Education, 1993

Contact

larry.murray@westwind.ab.ca

Heather Schmitke (on leave)

Education

  • Bachelor of Education (Great Distinction), University of Lethbridge, 2000
  • Bachelor of Management, University of Lethbridge, 1992

Experience

  • Teacher, Westwind Alternate School, 2017-Present
  • Principal, Westwind Alternate School, 2009-2017
  • Teacher, Cardston High School, 2000-2009
  • Teacher, Rocky View Virtual School, 2000
  • Treasurer, Cardston Community Preschool, 1999-2000
  • Academic Assistant, University of Lethbridge, 1999-2000
  • Accountant, Watkinson Hanhurt Duda and Dorchak, 1992-1995

Contact

heather.schmidtke@westwind.ab.ca

Josh Watson (Outreach 10-12)

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Teaching Focus

  • Social studies
  • English
  • Outdoor education

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction)/Bachelor of Education (with Great Distinction), University of Lethbridge, 2013
  • General Studies Diploma, Lethbridge College, 2010

Experience

  • Teacher, Westwind Alternate School, 2017-Present
  • Teacher, Raymond High School, 2016-2017
  • Teacher, Magrath High School, 2015-2016
  • Teacher, Cardston High School, 2014-2015
  • Teacher, Chinook High School, 2013-2014

Contact

josh.watson@westwind.ab.ca