Philemon head man takes the honours


by Courtney Merchand on February 5, 2014


Terry Kharyati, the proud principal of great staff and students.
Courtney Merchand photo


The road to excellence is paved with learning.

Philemon Wright principal Terry Kharyati is proof of this edict – he’s been named by The Learning Partnership as one of the top 40 principals in Canada for 2014.

After 15 years as head man at Hadley and Philemon, Kharyati, the only Quebecer to receive the honour, has finally been recognized for all the decisive changes brought about by his leadership.

Compiled by a team of teachers at the school, his nomination focused on the positive environment at Hadley and Philemon and the support provided to its 980 students.

It was a “portrait of the quality of education the kids are receiving,” said Kharyati, 45.

The Learning Partnership is focused on recognizing excellent leadership. “I like what they stand for and I think it’s important to recognize principals and what they do.”

A national, not-for-profit, charitable organization, The Learning Partnership supports and promotes the advancement of publicly funded education in Canada. Over its 20-year history, the organization has helped more than 5.3 million students who participated in one or more of its programs. It has honoured 311 education leaders with the outstanding principal’s award since it handed out the first such award nine years ago.

When asked how he views his impact on both schools over the last 15 years, Kharyati’s response was that “this is a complete team process” where everyone is working towards the same goal.

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avatar Geraldine McGurk February 8, 2014 at 2:13 am

Congratulations, Terry. Your hard work and dedication is being recognized. Can’t think of anyone more deserving. Geraldine

avatar James de ha an nitchke February 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I was truly blessed to call this man “coach” not only did I look up to him as a role model, I completely changed my life and attitude towards school because I wanted to make him proud of me. He made want to better myself, and helped me realize that school was not for my parents but for me. I very much believe that I would not be the man I am today, had Terry “Coach” not been a part of my life during the crucial stages of growing up. Congratulations Coach, you deserve it more than anyone.

avatar Tim Jones February 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

Congrats TK!

avatar Brian Cross February 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

Congratulations Mr. Kharyati!

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