Mike Mountain Horse vice-principal David Platt announces his retirement

Congratulations and best wishes to David Platt, who has announced he will be retiring at the end of this school year.

Platt is perhaps one of the most connected administrators in the District. This speaks to his innate talent for developing relationships and supporting people. He possesses an easy manner with a kind heart that makes him approachable, and a good ear for anyone who needs someone to talk to.

His career as an educator and leader is marked by a strong commitment to students, sense of fun and genuine engagement with students, staff and the school community. Platt possesses a strong foundation of knowledge in supporting diverse students in classrooms. He is generous with his support and time for young staff and is apt to roll up his sleeves and work side by side with anyone he sees as needing some support at any given time.

Platt views his time as an educator as an incredible journey that flew by. He started his career with Lethbridge School District No. 51 at Pitiwani School. He subsequently embraced the opportunity to be one of the first teachers at Dr. Gerald Probe Elementary School. He spent a number of years at Mike Mountain Horse Elementary School as a teacher and vice-principal and grew to consider the school his second home. 

Platt had what he considers the privilege of assisting as a vice-principal with opening the doors of yet a second brand new school - Coalbanks Elementary School, before returning to Mike Mountain Horse for his final year as a leader.

An educator who is passionate about learning and contributing to the profession, Platt also co-authored the book, From your child’s teacher: Helping a child learn to read and write, and facilitated Education 2500 workshops for the University of Lethbridge.

“Throughout my career, I have been honoured to work with amazing staff members throughout the District and, in particular, it has been an honour and a privilege to have worked with and for the fabulous staff members I have encountered in the schools I have been assigned,” said Platt. “What an amazing array of caring, gifted and talented people. After 37 years of dedication to the field, I am looking forward to retirement. I am blessed with three grandchildren that I will be able to spend more time with and who will, hopefully, keep me young.”

Date posted: Jan. 16, 2019