Sunday , 3 July 2022
Joe Marion. Image credit: Lakeland Catholic.

Marion named Dr. Brosseau’s next Principal

A new Principal will be leading École Dr. Bernard Brosseau School into the 2022/23 school year.  

Joe Marion, who is the current Vice Principal at École Notre Dame Elementary School, will be stepping into the role of Principal next year.  

“I am humbled to be able to serve École Dr. Brosseau in this new capacity and I look forward to building strong positive relationships with the staff, students and entire school community,” Marion said in a press release on Thursday. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a strong role model and Gospel Witness for our students.” 

Marion was born in London, Ontario and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario. He attended Laurentian University and received his Bachelor of Education with a major in Geography and minor in Religion. He has completed the EXCEL in Catholic Education Leadership Program as well as the Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership Program at St. Mary’s University. Marion is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education course for Administration and Inclusive Education with Xavier University.  

Marion joined Lakeland Catholic as a teacher at Holy Cross Elementary School in Cold Lake in 2016, teaching Grade 5 and Grade 4/5.  

In 2020, he became Vice Principal of École Notre Dame Elementary School and taught physical education and religious studies.  

Throughout the 2021/22 school year he continued his role as Vice Principal in addition to taking on the position of classroom support teacher.  

“I chose education because I truly love learning and helping students reach their full potential,” said Marion. “I had phenomenal teachers growing up, who put their heart and souls into their profession. From a very early age I saw how powerful and valuable teaching is.” 

He added, teaching is a vocation.  

“I was called by God to serve alongside our students and staff at Lakeland Catholic.” 

To Marion, leadership is not just a matter of thinking or doing things in a certain way. 

“It’s a fully integrated way of life – a matter of head, hand, and heart. It’s about thinking, doing, and being. It means serving and accompanying all who you encounter to bring out the best in them for the good of all. Just as our greatest teacher, Christ, does for us.” 

Marion met his wife, Amy, while teaching at Holy Cross Elementary School. The couple were married in 2021. Outside of Lakeland Catholic, Joe is passionate about traveling and spending time outdoors.

Lakeland Catholic has always felt like home, Marion said.  

“Since my first day, I was welcomed with open arms, each one of our schools has such a feeling of cohesiveness and collaboration. You can truly feel the Holy Spirit alive and at work at Lakeland Catholic Schools.”

Press release Lakeland Catholic Schools. 

About Michael Menzies

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