Lisa is an experienced senior executive and entrepreneur with a successful track record of delivering results across a variety of organizations. Lisa’s background in commercial real estate and venture capital saw her leading a number of start-ups and major expansions on a national, local, and regional basis. Lisa was previously elected on a platform of change as a trustee of the Calgary Board of Education, one of the largest school boards in Canada with 120,000 students and a $1.4 billion budget. Lisa also founded a highly successful early childhood and recreational program that doubled in size in its first 3 years. The unique community hub model she pioneered was recognized for its innovative programming.
Sarah began her career as a junior high and then high school teacher, where she ran the school's program for students with learning disabilities along with teaching Social Studies and a Career and Technology Studies (CTS) class. Sarah has given many presentations to parent groups over the years on the topic of supporting children with unique learning needs. As a mother of young children Sarah acted as a preschool coordinator and a preschool chairperson. More recently, Sarah completed a Masters of Counselling in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary and she now works as a counsellor, both for an agency and in private practice. Sarah currently serves as spokesperson for the educational advocacy group Kids Come First. She also works with young people as a basketball program coordinator and coach. As a mother of children in high school, junior high, and elementary school, Sarah is very aware of many of the unique learning needs of children and the benefits of programs focused on helping students reach their potential.
Kerry Blum joins our team as the principal of STEM Innovation Academy with over 23 years’ experience as a junior and senior high educator and leader.
Kerry received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta where she majored in Biological Sciences. She began her career with the Calgary Board of Education teaching junior high Math and Science. After 10 years teaching junior high, she moved into high school where she taught Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics and Physical Education. She continued her education at the University of Calgary where she received a Master of Education in Leadership and Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
Kerry’s most recent senior leadership experience includes Assistant Principal at a large, public Calgary high school focused on excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics.
Kerry and her husband Michael have three daughters in university, high school, and junior high. When not coaching or watching her daughters play sports, she enjoys golf, fitness, and outdoor adventures in our beautiful province.
“As an educational leader, all of my decisions lie behind my core belief that all students can find success daily. I am excited to work together with our team of teachers as we meet our future students and watch them grow and develop into curious, passionate, and innovative citizens. I am honored to have this opportunity to lead STEM Innovation Academy into the future."