Tomorrow Begins with Empowered Teachers

What do we do well? What can we do better? How do we ensure academic excellence, rigour, and deep learning remain at the core of what we do? And how do we gauge how STS is meeting its mission and value-driven goal of continuous improvement across multiple fields?

One metric we can look to is the commitment and willingness of STS teachers to reflect on and improve their pedagogical practice through onsite and external professional growth and development opportunities made possible by the school. 

Inspiring Alumni - Jay Cross '80

"We need fresh ideas; we need openness; we need people to think about working together to face the challenges in our world. We need to invest in children - it's in our biology to want to help others. Teach the young to serve and seek out solutions to problems they see."

Dr. Jay Cross '80, who is now celebrating more than 20 years as a professor at the Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary (U of C), recalls that he never considered a career in the sciences - not initially, at least. 

Distinguished Alumna | Dr. Dana Lougheed '90

The Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) community is proud to celebrate Dr. Dana Lougheed ’90 as the recipient of the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award —the highest honour bestowed by STS upon its alumni.

This award, established in 2003 to recognize eminent alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to our School, is given in recognition of a former student who has stimulated new ideas or developments, shown exceptional dedication, creativity, or leadership, and who truly represents the spirit of STS — Nil nisi optimum.

Inspiring Alumni | Rosalind Jackson Roe ’16

With a career that has taken her around the world, Rosalind is thrilled to be returning to the Alberta stage in a role she was –- quite literally –- born into. “I’m playing Rosalind in the ( Prime Stock Theatre Company’s) summer Shakespeare production of, As You Like It. It’s extraordinary to arrive at her; she’s who I was named after.” Rosalind will also appear in Prime Stock’s production of Henry IV, Part 1, as Worcester.

Inspiring Alumni | Dee van Zyl ’18

“The healer heals, but they also need to heal themselves. I think that the recognition can help.”

Dee van Zyl ’18 is bravely forging her own path in the wake of an immense personal tragedy and using her artistic talents to bring healing - and a vital awareness - to an underrepresented sector of society.

Inspiring Alumni | Ben Mercer ’95

Ben started Landform Inc., where he creates public spaces that allow residents to embrace the joy and beauty of the outdoors. He's proud to have built it from the ground up and admits that he learned as he went. "I attribute my success to a lot of luck and never walking away until the job is done right. Not being satisfied with less than my best effort was instilled in me at STS."

He says that STS’s Outdoor Education program played a huge role in cultivating his love of the natural environment, and he is forever grateful for the writing and speaking skills gained at STS for preparing him to be a business owner. "The essay composition skills practiced in the classroom served me very well through University, and I continue to rely on them to this day."

Inspiring Alumni | Ben Campbell '02

Ben Campbell '02 didn't expect to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. "Growing up, I wasn't a farm kid at all. I hardly knew anything about the family agriculture business."

As Alberta's Outstanding Young Farmers Program Award recipient for 2022, he has become a leading advocate for responsible ranching. "I consider myself an environmentalist and a conservationist. One of the main reasons I got into cattle wasn't because I wanted to be a rancher but to protect the environment. It's a healthy lifestyle for cows and produces healthy meat for people."

STS Family Fall Fair and Homecoming Celebration 2022 | A Great Success!

The STS community came together on Saturday, September 17, 2022, for the Family Fall Fair and Homecoming Celebration which took place outside in our beautiful courtyard. This STS tradition, put on in partnership with the STS Alumni Association and POSTS, brought together alumni, alumni parents, and alumni staff and their families, along with our STS families.

STS Presents: Tales from Undergrad Years

Each year recent STS graduates come together to share their stories about the rewards, surprises, and challenges of university life with our Grade 12 students. This year ten young alumni from around the world were brought together virtually for STS’s Tales from Undergrad Years session on February 17, 2022. Grade 12 students filled the C.A. Smith Arts Centre to listen to each alumna/alumnus guest speaker share their unique and varied experiences as freshman.