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Mrs. Cheryle Beaumont
Head of School
Mrs. Beaumont has recently retired as Superintendent of Schools for SD35 (Langley) School District. Her career in education spans 36 years and three Lower Mainland school districts. She has served on a total of eight publicly elected Boards of Education as a member of senior staff in various capacities, including almost seven years as Superintendent. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Masters of Educational Leadership from SFU.
As the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Education Officer for the 7th largest school district in BC, Mrs. Beaumont reported to The Board of School Trustees, a publicly elected board of seven trustees representing the City and Township of Langley. The district has over 19,000 students, approximately 2,200 employees and an annual operating budget of $160M. The Langley School District offers a diversity of choice in programs including a Fine Arts School, International Baccalaureate, Fundamental Schools, French Immersion, Distributed Learning, Sports Academies and Adult Education.
Mrs. Beaumont is most recently a private consultant providing both paid and voluntary service in the public and the not-for-profit sectors. She teaches board governance for Vantage Point and has worked with a diverse range of boards and organizations on board effectiveness and stewardship. In her spare time, she sits on the Board of Green Thumb Theatre in Vancouver, is a Community Leader for The Minerva Foundation and serves on advisory committees for the Vancouver Foundation and the Vancouver Board of Trade. Urban Academy is fortunate to have Mrs. Beaumont as our Head of School and we are excited to see her lead the staff team in achieving the mission and vision of the school.
Mrs. Miranda McNamara
Mrs. McNamara has a background in both law and administration, having graduated from UBC with B.Comm (Finance) and LL.B. (Bachelor of Law) degrees. She is also called to the Bar of British Columbia. She brings her talents and skills to the busy Urban Academy administration office. Her strengths in multitasking and customer service ensure that families and the rest of the staff are well supported.
Her hobbies include outdoor activities, reading and photography, as well as Hula dance competitions. Mrs. McNamara has a love for the students that they have come to know well and appreciate for her. She has been with us since April 2010 and we're fortunate to have Mrs. McNamara leading the administration team at UA.
Ms. Jeni McBride
Administration - Uptown Campus
Ms. McBride has been with Urban Academy since 2011 and supports the Uptown team with her expertise in administration and technology. The friendly face that answers the door and the helpful person on the end of the phone line at the Uptown Campus, Ms. McBride is always ready with a smile and to help out.
Her organizational skills also serve the school well in that Ms. McBride oversees much of the school purchasing as well as the maintenance and servicing on our IT equipment. Always eager to jump in and help out, we appreciate her multitasking ability in a busy environment. She always has time to help out a student with a band aid, or fix a computer issue and her passion for students is obvious.
In her spare time, Ms. McBride takes care of her two dogs, one of whom (Cooper) makes the occasional appearance at Urban Academy throughout the summer.
Mrs. Sonja Kennedy
Director of Marketing and Admissions
Ms. Kennedy brings with her fourteen years of experience in the communications, marketing and management fields in the not-for-profit industry. With a degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University, she began her career supporting trade and technology education for youth and young people, and spent eight years working for one of Western Canada’s major trade associations.
Ms. Kennedy has a passion for working with people, growing organizations and sharing her enthusiasm about the value of quality education. Most importantly, she is passionate about supporting children and has spent many years volunteering in various initiatives that serve families.
With a young family of her own, she understands how significant life decisions can be for any family, and is excited to be involved as part of the process in helping families learn about Urban Academy and potentially welcome them into the community.
Ms. Kerri Crowley
Ms. Crowley joined the Urban Academy team in April 2015. She has a degree in Journalism from Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland, and over seven years experience in corporate and technology public relations as well as a certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
Originally from Ireland, Ms. Crowley fell in love with all things Canadian on an adventure across the country in 2012. A year later she returned and is now lucky enough to call beautiful BC home. Since moving to Vancouver she has volunteered at a number of arts festivals, as well as an independent movie theatre. She also loves children and can often be found taking an active interest in the development and lives of the many kids in her life. Her passions include cooking, photography, being outdoors, crossword puzzles and a new-found love of field hockey.
Ms. Crowley is proactive, thoughtful and enthusiastic about helping others. As part of the Admissions Team she is excited to welcome new families to Urban Academy, helping them through the adventure of finding a school that is the right fit, with a positive attitude and a friendly smile.
Mr. Peter Thrower
Mr. Thrower is a CA with over 35 years of financial experience including 10 years working in financial management at leading BC independent schools. He came out of retirement to help Urban Academy through its transitional period, and his experience will be invaluable to the school.
In his spare time Mr. Thrower enjoys spending time boating and with his horses and dogs.