Turner Valley School Welcomes Five New Teachers


Mr. Chase Ellis Vice Principal

I am very excited to be part of the Turner Valley School community. I have been teaching grade 6 for the last 6 years at C. Ian Mclaren school in Black Diamond, during this time I also taught K-6 Phys Ed. had the role of instructional coach and took over as acting vice principal for a short period of time. I have always been passionate about coaching and playing sports, during my time at CIM I coached flag football, basketball and volleyball and will continue to be involved in these sports in my new role here at Turner Valley. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family at our home in High River. My wife and I have a three year old son and twin girls who just turned 1 in August so there is a lot of fun to be had, even though it can feel like a track meet at times. I am proud to be part of the Turner Valley team; it’s going to be a great year!

Mrs. Mary Jane Schuster Grade 3

Hello! I am Mary Jane Schuster, originally from Prince Edward Island. I completed my bachelor of Music Education in Prince Edward Island and this will be my seventh year teaching. I have taught music and grade four in Fort McMurray and have a daughter who is almost a one year old. I am thrilled to be teaching grade three and Music (K-5) this year at Turner Valley. I enjoy reading, spending time with family, swimming and playing instruments.

Miss. Karli Alm Grade 5

Hello, I am Karli Alm and I am very excited to be teaching in Turner Valley this year. I grew up on a ranch West of Claresholm and love being in the hills. I spent 7 months teaching in China after graduating from University, and then moved to Drumheller and taught grade 5 last year. I love to read biographies, do photography, and spend time outdoors in my free time.

Mrs. Jennifer Park Kindergarten

Hello Turner Valley School, My name is Mrs. Jennifer Park and I am new to the school this year.

I have been teaching for 7 years now. I started off my teaching career as a Grade 2 teacher, then I changed to Junior High and taught grades 7-9, then last year I went back to elementary school and taught grades 1-3. In between my 7 years of teaching, I had two beautiful daughters who are now 4 and 15 months old. I love teaching elementary school and am so excited to be working with such a great school. I am looking forward to a wonderful year and getting to know all the families in our school.

Miss Klafki Grade 3/4

Hi Turner Valley Students and Parents,

My name is Patricia Klafki and I am the new Grade 3/4teacher. I have been teaching now for 16 years. I have taught Kindergarten to Grade 11 and have spent the last 11 years focused primarily on grades K-3. For the last two years, I have been teaching at Westmount School in Okotoks.

I was raised in BC and have my Bachelors of Education from the University of Victoria. I have a specialization in Remedial Methodology which in plain terms is Learning Assistance. I have taught most of my career at small schools. I am very excited to be here at Turner Valley School. Please drop by Grade 3/4 to say HELLO!