In September 2016, our Head of School, Mr. Barry Hughes, informed the Board of Governors that he would be retiring and that this would be his final year as Head of School. Mr. Hughes joined HTS from the United Kingdom in 2010 to assume the leadership role he currently holds.
As Head of School, Mr. Hughes has done an admirable job of increasing the success of the school overall. He has been instrumental in delivering on our school's strategic plan - Shaped by Experience - and implemented a modern and forward-looking approach to teaching and learning.
Once the announcement of Mr. Hughes’s retirement was made, the Board of Governors and the Head of School Search Committee began the search for his successor. We are now pleased to announce that Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, currently Deputy Head at HTS, has been appointed as our new Head of School, effective July 1, 2017.
Selecting an individual who will continue the progress made under the guidance and leadership of Mr. Hughes is the most important responsibility of the Board of Governors, therefore it required an extensive search – one that found highly-qualified applicants from across Canada and all over the world.
Ms Pereira-Raso’s experience as an educational leader, combined with her qualifications, and her commitment and passion for HTS, made her the clear choice to become our next Head of School. Her appointment has been unanimously approved by both the Head of School Search Committee and the Board of Governors.
“I am delighted that Helen Pereira-Raso will be taking on the leadership of this wonderful school. I am confident that she will build upon my work and that of my predecessors and take the school to even greater heights in the years to come.” - Barry Hughes, Head of School
Ms Pereira-Raso has been Deputy Head at HTS since 2014. Prior to that, she was the Lead Teacher: Curriculum Innovation at The Bishop Strachan School. Ms Pereira-Raso began her career teaching high school in the Dufferin-Peel District School Board.
Ms Pereira-Raso has played a key role in the development of our school over the past three years. She has been responsible for the academic life of the school and has led on all matters related to teaching and learning, including programming, recruiting, and the budgets for these essential areas of the school’s operations. Additionally, she has worked closely with the Board of Governors and its Committees.
Ms Pereira-Raso has exceptional knowledge of teaching and learning, of developing school cultures and of change management. During her time at HTS, she has played a key role in a successful CAIS accreditation and two outstanding Ministry inspections, has led professional development for faculty and staff and co-led our application for the award of Apple Distinguished School status. Her ability to be both innovative and entrepreneurial is seen in the new partnerships the school has forged and in the expansion of the HTS Summer Program. It is evident in her knowledge, experience and commitment to HTS that she is ideally suited to be our next Head of School.
In our strategic plan, Shaped by Experience, the school has made a commitment to create a learning environment that is learner-centered, dynamic and connected to authentic experiences. Ms Pereira-Raso is committed to that vision and this is evident in the projects she has championed, and the policies and programs she has developed, all of which demonstrate her strengths in executing on our plan.
“It is an honour to continue to serve this wonderful community as the next Head of School. I am grateful to Barry Hughes for the mentorship he has provided me over the years. I am also excited at the opportunity to work and learn alongside our staff, students, families, alumni, and governors.”
- Helen Pereira-Raso, Deputy Head
We are thankful for the work the Board of Governors and the Head of School Search Committee have done to provide the school with a passionate new Head of School. Mr. Hughes and Ms Pereira-Raso will be working together to ensure that there is a smooth transition for the school.
Please join us in congratulating Ms Pereira-Raso on her appointment.