Ruth Ann Penny has joined the College as its first Director of Community Relations. This new position has been created out of a recommendation from the Board of Governor's recent Governance Review and is unique in the independent school sector.
The goal of the Director of Community Relations is to be an agent of continuous improvement. Ruth Ann will act as a confidential and neutral intermediary between the UCC administration and College community to enhance communication with parents and other members of the UCC community, assisting in seeking information and answers to questions and concerns. She will also provide periodic reports to the administration that represent concerns brought to her attention. The aim is to help the College in its ongoing work to improve the delivery of services to its community and ultimately provide data that can inform strategic planning.
Ruth Ann will be working part time. Her scheduled time in the office is Mondays and Tuesdays, with flexibility to arrange meetings outside of these times, if needed. She can be reached at 416-488-1125, ext. 3808, and firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Ann Penny is a veteran educator, familiar with the independent school environment. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Ontario College of Teachers Governing Council, the regulatory body for the province’s teachers, where she focuses in the areas of professional accreditation and teacher discipline. Until 2009 she was Director of Admissions at Branksome Hall, where she also served as Principal of the Junior School from 1990 until 1999.
Ruth Ann began her career as a Kindergarten teacher and has taught in both public and private schools across the province in a variety of subject areas and at all levels. She has served as an elementary vice-principal, principal and consultant, a collective bargaining representative for her teacher federation, a Ministry of Education trainer and a system-wide professional development leader in the area of teacher professionalism and leadership development.
From 1999 until 2002 Ruth Ann pioneered the role of Provincial PD Coordinator for the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario. During this period of time she also ran her own educational consulting group, Penny and Associates, whose focus was helping families in their search for appropriate school settings for their children. She has written and presented nationally and internationally on issues related to school selection and admission, marketing and internationalism in education.
One of the connecting threads through Ruth Ann’s career has been her focus on the development of strong partnerships across challenging barriers. Particularly in her roles with CIS and Branksome, her job became the job of opening doors and welcoming diverse individuals into environments that, while complex, were more supportive and professional than newcomers anticipated. At the Ontario College of Teachers, Ruth Ann does similar work, interpreting the teaching profession to the public in the public interest.
Ruth Ann Is a keen sailor and sits on the Board of Governors of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. She is also a committed yogi. Ruth Ann and her husband Michael have two daughters, both IB Diploma graduates from independent schools.