New Principal at Our Lady of the Snows

Announcement

Christ The Redeemer Catholic Schools is pleased to announce Mr. Phil Puurunen as the new Principal of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy

Christ The Redeemer (CTR) Catholic Schools is pleased to announce Mr. Phil Puurunen as Principal of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy. Mr. Puurunen will replace Mr. Vincent Behm who is the division’s new Associate Superintendent.

Mr. Puurunen has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from St. Francis Xavier University, and will complete his Master’s in Education with a concentration in leadership and administration through the University of New Brunswick in August 2017.  In 2004, Mr. Puurunen started his teaching career with Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy, and has been a senior high divisional team leader, a junior and senior high social studies district department head, athletic director, and most recently has served as vice principal for the past 5 years. 

The Puurunen family is excited for the new challenges that this role will bring.  Mr. Puurunen’s daughter attends kindergarten at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy, and his wife Jessica teaches learning support and senior high science.

“I look forward to working with our caring and dedicated staff to continue our traditions in faith permeation, excellence in academics, and extra-curricular activities at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy,” said Mr. Puurunen.

Mr. Vincent Behm, a long-time colleague of Mr. Puurunen has this to say, “Mr. Puurunen has been deeply embedded in all aspects of our school.  He is an excellent administrator and he will work collaboratively with the students, parents and teachers of our school  community to further the mission of Our Lady of the Snows.”

Superintendent Scott Morrison said, “Mr. Puurunen has demonstrated his excellence in both the classroom and as a vice-principal. In addition to that, he has been mentored under, Vince Behm, one of our finest principals who is now moving onto the position of Associate Superintendent. When a school is performing as well as Our Lady of the Snows, continuity is important and Mr. Puurunen provides both continuity and stability. We are confident that Our Lady of the Snows will continue to thrive under Mr. Puurunen’s leadership.”