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Principal & Vice Principals

"photo Derek Laidlaw, Principal
I am grateful to work in a school that is connected and supported by this amazing community. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and inclusive learning environment where all students feel that they can be challenged and supported. My career in education began in Hamilton, ON and I have supported many schools throughout my career. I live with my family in Perth County and we enjoy exploring the parks, rivers, and conservation areas of Perth County. I look forward to serving the Mitchell community as Principal of MDHS. 
photo of Josh McClinchey Josh McClinchey, Vice Principal
Joshua McClinchey is a lifelong learner and educator.  From Bayfield, Ont., Josh started his career with AMDSB in 2005 and has worked as an English, history, and art teacher, as well as a Learning for All Coach. His formal education includes a Master of Science from Daemen University and a Master of Education from Western, and feels that the learning journey is never done for educators; leading by example is a foundation for trust.  He is a father of three, a husband of one, and a firefighter in his hometown. 
photo of VP Roger Ramsay Roger Ramsay, Vice Principal, AMDEC
Mr. Ramsay is a long-time teacher and dedicated administrator with a passion for student-centred learning. He is looking forward to joining the staff and students at MDHS this year and cheering on the Blue Devils as they take on new challenges. An avid baseball fan, one of his fondest memories is travelling to 10 Major League Baseball (MLB) parks in a single summer. In his spare time, you can find Mr. Ramsay volunteering his time at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys.