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Principal's Message

Happy New Year Springvalley Family,

I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community at Springvalley Elementary, and to have been given the honour of stepping into the Principal role. As a newcomer to  the Okanagan, I am constantly in awe of the natural beauty all around us. I spent most of my career teaching and leading schools in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, but have also worked overseas. My wife and I spent three years in Abu Dhabi before moving to Zengcheng, China last year. We reveled in being part of a school that hosted students from 95 nations, and the opportunities to travel.

The range of experience in many schools leads me to be able to recognize the exceptional learning community that we have here at Springvalley. Your children are in the very capable hands of some of the best and most caring teachers and support staff I have ever met. 

We have taken every precaution to keep staff and students safe, and believe that we are in the midst of a wonderful year of learning and growing together. As a school district, we are examining the virtue of courage this year, and we will be exploring ways to show courage when we ask questions, when we admit that we have made a mistake, and when we push ourselves to try just a little bit more. 

I look forward to seeing  you as the year progresses, and want to encourage you to reach out if you have any questions.

David Coats

Principal                                                                                                      ​