Jenny Smith, current principal at Sherwood Public School, will then become vice-principal at MV starting in September.
Wilson said having Bishop at the school now will make the transition a bit easier.
“I was thrilled to bits that this school wasn’t going to have to face two new administrators in the fall,” she said.
“Just to have him here while I am still here, and he can see how we do things – it’s going to make the transition way smoother, I think.”
Bishop was born in Newfoundland and moved to Eganville when he was eight years old.
He became interested in an education career at a young age, and w
as inspired by his principal at Opeongo High School, Don Whillians, to become a teacher.
“He was a very open person who was approachable,” Bishop said. “He was very positive and talked about the future a lot. I used to visit with him very frequently. I was never in trouble; I would just wander in to talk to him. He was a good man.”
Bishop attended Trent University in the late 1970’s. But he did not attend teachers college for some time after that.
Instead, he held a variety of careers around Canada. Bishop worked for Syncrude Canada in Fort McMurray and was a stock broker for ScotiaMcLeod for five years. After that, he ran
a couple of small businesses.
“I was torn because I was very entrepreneurial, I always thought I would like to go out and start my own business…I tried a number of things, but I always had teaching in the back of my mind,” Bishop explained. “When the opportunity came up, I decided to make the leap. I haven’t regret
ted it for one second. It’s been a fantastic career.”
He attended teacher’s college in Buffalo, New York, and was qualified to teach at the age of 37.
Bishop returned to his roots and got a teaching position at Opeongo High School, where he worked as a business and computer teacher for 11 years.
Afterwards, he was appointed as vice-principal in the curriculum department in the Renfrew County District High School board office.
Bishop was then appointed to Renfrew Collegiate Institute as vice-principal and has been there until May 2012.
MVDHS will be his first principal role. He came to the local school during the week of May 14.