After 35 years of invaluable service to Upper Canada College, I am both saddened and happy to announce that Don Kawasoe, Head of Prep and Upper Schools, has set his sights on a well-deserved retirement at the end of the school year to spend more time with his family and on a number of creative pursuits.
It is difficult to sum up Don’s many achievements and accomplishments over his many years of service at UCC, but he will always be remembered for his passion for teaching and learning, and his unwavering commitment to the boys.
He began his career at UCC in 1980 as a part-time Form 5 science and math teacher. His time at the Prep has included several roles, such as Seaton’s assistant housemaster, basketball and soccer coach, as well as Form 5, 6 and 7 Form Master, with a focus on teaching math and geography.
In 1988, Don became the first full-time, on-site Norval director. Thanks to his leadership, the Norval program has expanded to offer the current total of 55 days of outdoor education to boys from Senior Kindergarten to Year 2. In 2001, he took on the role of Assistant Head of Student Life at the Prep, and in 2005, he was named Head of the Prep School.
Finally in 2009, Don was named to his current role as head of both schools, where he oversaw UCC’s move to the Primary, Middle, Intermediate and Senior divisional structure as part of the current Strategic Plan’s goal to provide a smaller school feel and environment for the boys.
Over the next few weeks, the College will be determining next steps. Please stay tuned for more information and future announcements as we plan Don’s retirement celebration, which will be sure to attract many friends, former and current colleagues, Old Boys, parents and community members.
Jim Power, principal