All Press Releases for July 10, 2014

Roberta Murray Hirst is Recognized for 30 Years of Dedication to Education

Through her desire for a Choice in Education to make a difference, Roberta Murray Hirst founded Pretty River Academy

Pretty River Academy's enrollment grew from 20 students to 165 students during Roberta Murray Hirst's tenure.

    COLLINGWOOD, ON, July 10, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Pretty River Academy Founder Roberta Murray Hirst has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in educational services.

Ms. Murray Hirst has dedicated an extensive three decades of her career to providing exemplary education to students in the Collingwood, Ontario area. As the founder and former Principal of Pretty River Academy, Ms. Murray Hirst utilized her expertise in strategy and her love for education to inspire children to learn. The Academy is an independent school that provides education from preschool through the 12th grade and is the only facility of this type in the entire Georgian Triangle region. In her fifteen years at the school, Ms. Murray Hirst's passion and ability to engage her students and their families were her greatest successes. It is these characteristics, coupled with Ms. Murray Hirst's integrity and experience, that led Pretty River Academy to grow from 20 students to 165 students during her tenure. She was involved in every aspect of the school from developing the strategic vision and governance structure, to hiring and mentoring of faculty and establishing an innovative curriculum for twentieth century learning.

Prior to establishing Pretty River Academy, Ms. Murray Hirst earned an MBA with highest honors from Fordham University in 1991. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario. She was named one of the Top 10 Community Members in the Georgian Bay Region in 2009 and was highlighted by a local publication as "A Woman with Vision." Ms. Murray Hirst maintains affiliation with both the Retired Teachers Organization and the Retired Principals Organization.

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