Meet the founders

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Kristina Kraychy

B.Mus., B.Ed., C.H.N.C., M.Ed. candidate

Founder, Head of School

Kristina Kraychy graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Bachelor of Education. She is currently in the final semester of her Master’s in Education at the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Kristina holds a current Alberta Teaching Certificate, is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and is an affiliate teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

 

Kristina started her classroom teaching career at West Island College, an independent university preparatory school for grades 7-12, where she was asked to design, build and teach a new music and band program. She continued at West Island College teaching English Language Arts and leading music programs that were combined with humanitarian work, travel and outdoor education. She was honoured to have been presented with the "Teacher of the Year" award during her time there. 

 

Kristina has served on the Board of Directors of and assisted in the creation of Calgary's first outdoor Nature Kindergarten program. She was appointed Principal and Program Director for its first year of operation. 

 

Over the past 15 years, Kristina has worked as a guest teacher with Westmount Charter School for gifted students, with the Calgary Board of Education and most recently with the Rocky View Schools Public Board. She is also a mother to two elementary-aged children.

 

Research supports Kristina’s belief that academic excellence is a natural byproduct of an educational climate in which innovation, creativity and originality of the individual is supported and cherished. In such an environment, students explore, experiment, live, discover and are challenged by their educational experiences (both indoors and out in nature) preparing them for not only the world they live in now but also for a rapidly changing post-industrial future. 

Kristina is driven to start Calgary Changemaker School because she sees the need for an alternative educational model that prioritizes the health and wellness of both students and staff and that empowers students to “be the change” that they want to see in the world.

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Annie Lougheed

B.A., B.Ed.

Co-Founder, Leadership Team

Annie Lougheed has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary and holds a current Alberta Teaching Certificate. She is also certified as a Child Development Supervisor.  

Annie spent her final semester and post-graduation year volunteering and subsequently working in Chiila Elementary School on Tsuu T’ina Nation.

 

A significant portion of Annie’s teaching career was then spent at the Calgary Girls School, a Charter School in Calgary, focused on helping girls develop leadership, problem-solving skills, and integrity. Recognized as an active leader in their school community including coaching junior high basketball, Annie was quickly promoted to Tech Team Grade Leader. She was also a presenter at the blendED symposium.

After having her own little ones, Annie saw a need for more nature-based daycare and early learning programs and successfully started Little Forest Dwellers, a Forest-School inspired, Nature Dayhome & Early Learning Centre in Bragg Creek, Alberta.   

 

Annie is an educator and leader with experience in diverse environments and strives to create a strong community of empathetic and mindful learners who are both curious and resilient. Through her guidance, Annie’s students explore their passions and interests through engaging and experiential learning opportunities, develop self-awareness and confidence, and embrace their fears and mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow.

 

Annie is now excited to use her business, leadership and teaching experiences toward transforming the vision of Calgary Changemaker School into a reality.

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Cam Kraychy

B.Sc., M.B.A.

Co-Founder, CFO

Cam holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master's in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Being an alumni of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir (having attended when it was still a very small school), he recognizes the importance of feeling a sense of belonging in a school community and being challenged to reach a personal best. He is now the president of Rocky Point Custom Homes which he founded in 1999. Cam is also a loving husband and father to two young children.  

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Jennifer Michaleski

M.A., R.C.C., C.C.C., C.Hyp.

Director

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor.

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Christine Avey

B.Sc., B.Ed.

Advisor, Gifted Education and Curriculum Development

Christine Avey is an Alberta certified educator with nearly twenty years of diverse teaching experiences in both charter and public schools, primarily with Gifted and Gifted Twice Exceptional students. She is also a specialist in STEAM project based learning (combined science-technology-engineering-arts-math) and environmental education. Christine is part of the award nominated team that developed and piloted the PEEL program in 2015.

Meet the Founders

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