After 36 years in education, Flin Flon School Division assistant superintendent Dean Grove is set to retire.
“We arrived at a joint decision, my wife and I, that this was the time we would teach until,” said Grove. “We were thinking of doing some things afterward and wanted to be able to that with our health.”
Grove has filled multiple positions over the course of his career.
He began his time in education at Margaret Barbour Collegiate in The Pas, where he worked as a phys-ed teacher. After four years, he accepted a job teaching phys-ed at Ruth Betts School in Flin Flon.
Grove later became vice-principal and then principal of École McIsaac School. He would also teach on occasion, working as a supply teacher at McIsaac while serving as principal.
“I got to teach a few shop classes, working with Glen [Eggert] and George [Fontaine] at McIsaac, which was kind of neat,” said Grove. “I also got to teach some basic French and teach some introductory computer classes. There’s been a few different things over the years.”
After a stint as vice-principal of Hapnot Collegiate, Grove became assistant superintendent of the Flin Flon School Division in 2002.
Grove also became involved in the community, volunteering as a sports referee and coach, and with several local groups. He also became the president of the Flin Flon Ski Club.
Grove’s replacement as assistant superintendent has not yet been named. Applications for the position closed Friday, Feb. 24. Grove does not yet have a firm date for his final day of work.
Grove’s three children are now well into adulthood. Sons Cole and Dylan and daughter Mack have all left Flin Flon to pursue post-secondary learning.
With the nest empty and retirement on the way, Grove hopes to stay active and involved in the community.
“I wanted to do some travelling and some work around cross-country skiing and cycling, which I really enjoy,” he said. “I want to continue to be involved in the community. It’ll probably be situational, depending on what they need and if I’m around or not, but I still want to stay involved with kids.”
Grove looks back on his career with gratitude.
“It’s been a good run and I’m happy I got spend so much time in this community,” he said.