Angela Terpstra, Head of School
Angela Terpstra was principal of the Senior School for eleven years before becoming Head of School, and her goals for the girls of BSS reach beyond academic success. She places priority on cultivating compassionate, ethical citizens who exhibit kindness and generosity and value differences in religion, race, opinions, and ideas. She strives to engage girls with the outside world, and feels strongly that topical issues in the news have a very important place in the classrooms of BSS.
Angela was born and raised in Ireland, and came to Canada at the age of 12. After qualifying as a teacher, she spent some time teaching English in the Kawartha Lakes area, and later in Hamilton. When she and her husband, also an academic, had the chance to relocate to Regina, Angela found herself with a very satisfying job teaching at the university level. Upon returning to Ontario, she took a job with Appleby College — her first foray into the world of independent schools — which later led her to her current role at BSS. She was inspired and activated by the idea of “private schools with public purpose,” and her mission became clear: to use the resources available in an independent school setting to lead the way in forward-thinking education for girls that teachers the world over can observe and learn from.
A mother of three grown children, most of Angela’s free time is devoted to exploring education from different angles. She serves on a board that ensures library resources are available in politically tumultuous countries. She’s a voracious reader of magazines and books, particularly ones that tie in to her work as an educator. For Angela, education isn’t just a job she leaves behind when the bell rings. It’s a mindset, a passion and a way of life.