Clearview Public Schools Division has a new director of inclusive learning, Grant Gosse, who began his duties on Thursday, Aug. 20, replacing Eileen Johnstone, who was the Director of Student Supports, and has retired.
However, Johnstone will continue with Clearview for the next year in a part-time position focusing on early childhood learning programming for students with unique needs.
Gosse has served as a special education coordinator and crisis team member for 12 years in three different schools under the Red Deer Catholic regional schools.
According to Gosse, inclusive means “providing instruction for all students together for the most part in their main classroom”.
“An inclusive class to me is a class where not only are the students who require that extra support, not only are they receiving that extra help but also the other students as well,” said Gosse. “Because if I am helping a child with a particular concept, what would have been a special education child once upon a time most likely there’s another child in the class who is going to benefit from the extra assistance.”
Gosse graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in Education, and holds a Master’s in education leadership from City University, where his thesis was focused on inclusive education.
Gosse has been an educator for 23 years, during which time he has been with Northland and Holy Family school division, with his most recent experience being at the Red Deer Catholic regional schools.
In 2009, Gosse was awarded with the provincial excellence designation in teaching.
Gosse’s leadership roles include school technology coach, Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) lead teacher, report card representative, besides being a coach to various teams.