Ave. Public School is a NUT-AWARE SCHOOLHistory of McNaughton Ave. Public School
McNaughton Avenue Public School opened for the 1967-1968 school year.
Originally it served as a consolidated school for Kent Area #1 School Board,
replacing many one and two room rural schools in Chatham and Dover
townships. The first Principal was Jay Teetzel (top row, left). Over the
next ten years, the north Chatham residential areas expanded and children
living in these new subdivisions were added to the student population. Kent
Area #1 became part of the Kent County Board of Education during this time,
as part of a county wide amalgamation.
Avenue Public School's second Principal, Ross Brewer (top row, centre), the school's
enrolment grew to its maximum size, at one time having approximately 800
students. During this time the Kent County Board of Education Office was
built adjoining the school. Soon after, it was decided to convert Tecumseh
Secondary School into an elementary facility, and the McNaughton Avenue
Public School students from the northwest Chatham suburbs were relocated
there, along with those from Dover township. The third Principal, Bud
Edwards (top row, right), came to the school just before this substantial
change in McNaughton Avenue Public School's makeup.
McNaughton Avenue Public School's fourth principal, Barry Rowe (bottom row, left), served
during a time of gradual growth, as new suburban residential areas were
built in northeast Chatham. Don Hill, the fifth Principal (bottom row, centre), continued the tradition
of strong and capable principals which had been part of the more than thirty
year history of McNaughton Avenue Public School.
Wayne O'Sullivan (bottom row, right), was the Principal for four years at
McNaughton, during which he had the difficult assignment of dealing with
many significant changes, including the amalgamation of the Kent and Lambton
school boards to form the Lambton Kent District School Board. He also led
McNaughton during the debut of the provincial computerized report card. New
programs were started at McNaughton, to add to the challenges of the new
Bob Myers became the seventh Principal of McNaughton Avenue Public School, having
been transferred from Tecumseh Public School after the 2000-2001 year. Deb
Ellicott became Principal after Mr. Myers retired until she also retired in
2012. Following Deb Ellacott's retirement, Wilma Sonneveld-Wright became Principal, until her secondment as a Student Achievement Officer, with the Ontario Ministry of Education, in June 2013.
Mary Lynn Anderson served as the eleventh Principal of McNaughton Avenue Public School from September 2013 until February 2017, when she became the Acting Coordinator of Elementary Student Achievement, within the Lambton Kent District School Board. Current Principal, Erin Van De Wiele, joined McNaughton Avenue Public School in February, 2017, following Mary Lynn Anderson's promotion..