Patricia Prowse is the Associate Director of the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU), College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. She assumed this position in August 2015. Before this role, she spent 35 years in the pre-K-Grade 12 education sector where she was an elementary teacher, school-based leader, and superintendent of education. In October 2013, the Minister of Education appointed Ms Prowse to the role of Student First Advisor. In this role, was part of a team that led a province-wide engagement process to gather feedback from students, parents/caregivers, teachers and the broader education sector on how to improve the education system by putting the student first. The engagement involved 994 participants in face-to-face meetings and 1,532 online submissions.
Ms Prowse has a B.A. (Psy), B.Ed., and an M.Ed. (Admin) from the University of Saskatchewan. She has received the Saskatchewan School Based Administrators’ Award for the Distinguished Administrator of the Year in 2003 and the Canadian Association of Principals’ Distinguished Principal of the Year Award in 2004. In 2013, she was honoured with the YWCA Women of Distinction Leadership and Management Award and the Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services’ Shield for community service. In April 2015, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation presented Ms Prowse with the Arbos Award for Distinguished Support of Education and the Teaching Profession.
Ms Prowse remains actively involved in the pre-K-Grade 12 and post-secondary education sectors and works closely with human services agencies.