Our Superintendent

JamalTo contact the Superintendent, you can call the board office at 403-543-5078 or send an email to: [email protected]


Leading the Way in Canadian Education

Jamal ElRafih, a distinguished educator and leader, embarked on a journey of remarkable achievement and service after immigrating to Canada in 1977. His life story is a testament to the power of education, perseverance, and dedication to creating positive educational change. 

Early Years and Education:

Jamal ElRafih's educational odyssey began as an (EAL) student at CHHS (Calgary High School). His determination and unwavering commitment to learning led him to not only graduate from CHHS but to pursue higher education in a field that would ultimately shape his professional life.

He pursued his passion for mathematics and, following his graduation from CHHS, attended the University of Calgary. Here, he earned a degree in Applied Mathematics, further honing his analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.

Mastering Educational Leadership:

Understanding the importance of leadership in shaping the future of education, Jamal continued his academic journey at the University of Calgary, where he earned a Master's in Educational Leadership. This was a pivotal moment in his life, providing him with the knowledge and skills needed to effect meaningful change in the education sector.

Professional Roles and Achievements:

A series of progressively responsible roles have marked Jamal's career in education. He started as a dedicated teacher, inspiring students and imparting knowledge. Over the years, his leadership qualities shone brightly, leading to his appointment as Vice Principal and later Principal of a prominent school in Alberta, Canada.

During his tenure as a principal, his school was recognized by the CD How Report as one of the top 13 schools in Alberta. This achievement highlighted Jamal's commitment to academic excellence and his ability to foster an environment conducive to students' growth and success.

His journey in education did not end there. Jamal continued to climb the educational leadership ladder, eventually becoming the Superintendent of Schools in Alberta, Canada. In this role, he has overseen the development and implementation of innovative educational practices and policies to enhance the quality of education across the region.

Jamal is not only a leader but also a regulated member of the College of Alberta School Superintendents, demonstrating his commitment to the highest standards in educational leadership. His involvement as an executive on the CASS Zone 5 board underscores his dedication to improving education on a broader scale.

A Champion of Visible Learning and Collaboration:

As Superintendent, Jamal introduced Visible Learning principles into his schools, embracing a research-based approach to improve teaching and learning outcomes. He recognized that student success is deeply rooted in effective teaching practices.

Furthermore, Jamal collaborated with his fellow administrators to publish an article in CASS CONNECTION magazine, a testament to his dedication to inspiring education not just within his district but also throughout the education community.

Jamal's life story is an inspiring example of how passion, perseverance, and dedication to education can lead to incredible accomplishments. His journey from an EAL student to a respected Superintendent has not only transformed his life but has also left an indelible mark on the education landscape in Alberta, Canada. His commitment to educational excellence and his leadership continue to shape the future of education in the region, making him a true beacon of inspiration in the field of educational leadership.



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