Student Services

"My years at STS formed a foundation that has enabled me to achieve much more than I could have imagined, both in my career and on a personal level. Thank you for the years of mentoring, learning and guidance that have shaped me into the person I am today." - Shannon Bowen-Smed '82, President and CEO, Bowen Workplace Solutions

Well-being, academic success and discovering your personal best are our priority at STS. Student Services supports learning, social and emotional needs, and educational planning.

Personalized learning 

It starts in the classroom with teachers exploring diverse learning styles. Personal attention is the norm; the average class size at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir is 16. 

Beginning in Middle School, students meet with their dedicated advisor every two weeks in addition to a five minute advisor period every morning. Together, they set goals and work on self-management skills. This continues in Grade 10 with a dedicated period for student/advisor interaction. And, all Senior School students have devoted time to seek help in any subject. 

Collaborative support 

Beyond the classroom, student support is highly collaborative. Teachers meet weekly with our learning strategists to track the progress of each student. They identify targeted support where needed, which could include:

  • Weekly meetings between a student and a learning strategist
  • Involvement of parents for added support

Our learning strategists work with the entire school community to provide the right support at the right time.

Specialized attention 

When needed, our learning strategists develop a program that could include:

  • Psycho-educational assessment with our psychologist; 
  • An academic profile for consistency for the entire team; 
  • Counseling; 
  • Skill remediation; 
  • Communication coordination with parents and faculty.

Together, we make sure every student achieves their personal best. 

View the Model of Learning Support Process for more information. 

University preparation 

What should I do after high school?

Choosing a path to university studies can be a bit overwhelming. Students at STS work with a university counsellor to plan post-secondary studies. In Grades 11 and 12, University Planning is a regular course.

Uncovering each student’s motivations and priorities marks the beginning of the journey to university. We use the Strong Interest Inventory assessment and student reflection to help them decide on Senior School IB and Alberta courses and options. They’ll learn about different careers from invited guests, and attend our large university fair. Two university tours round out their introduction to post-secondary options.

To foster academic excellence, leadership and character is our mission at STS. We strive to continue that development into the future.

The Student Services Team 

Larry Clark

Mr. Larry Clark

Guidance Counsellor and Director of Student Services

Mr. Clark's primary role is to support the social and emotional needs of Grades 7 to 12 students. He coordinates referrals to the team and acts as a liaison between students, parents, teachers and specialists.

Elaine Chotowetz

Mrs. Elaine Chotowetz

Elementary School Learning Strategist

Mrs. Chotowetz collaborates with students, teachers and parents to provide support, resources and strategies for our Grades 1 to 6 students. She coordinates ongoing benchmark assessments and facilitates accommodations.

Lisa Roth

Mrs. Lisa Roth

Middle School Learning Strategist (Grades 7-9)

Mrs. Roth works with students in Grades 7-9 and helps teachers plan in-class learning, coordinate accommodations for assessments, and provide resources and strategies for all members of a student’s learning team. Mrs. Roth works closely with Mr. Clark to provide a holistic level of support for our Middle School students.

Tina Kennedy

Ms. Tina Kennedy

Senior School Learning Strategist (Grades 10-12)

Ms. Kennedy works with students in Grades 10-12 and helps teachers plan in-class learning, coordinate accommodations for assessments, and provide resources and strategies for all members of a student’s learning team. Ms. Kennedy works closely with Mr. Clark and Ms. Caines to provide a holistic level of support for our Senior School students.

Jana-Lynn Caines

Ms. Jana-Lynn Caines

University Counsellor

Ms. Caines delivers regularly scheduled university planning workshops for Grades 11 and 12 students, and is available to work with any Senior School student in choosing their current courses to support their preferred post-secondary path.  If Senior School students or their parents have any questions regarding post-secondary planning, please contact Ms. Caines.

Brent Macdonald

Dr. Brent Macdonald


Dr. Brent Macdonald is our consulting psychologist.  Dr. Macdonald collaborates with student services and provides professional development to our faculty and learning community. He can also provide short term counselling for students.

Tasha Belix

Tasha Belix


Tasha Belix is our consulting psychologist.  Tasha's passion is to support youth to learn skills of emotion-regulation, to be able to tolerate hard emotions, practice the steps to engage in healthy conflict resolution and to build a toolbox of healthy skills to manage stress, for their whole life. Tasha provides counseling support, education and group workshops to the whole Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School community.

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