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The Comically Contagious Mr Knafla!

Menno Simons Christian School is excited to welcome Mr Knafla as our principal. 

Mr Knafla has a diverse teaching background. He has taught Grades 7-9 Drama, Grade 7 Math and Science, Grade 7-9 French as a Second Language, and has spent the last few years in High School teaching Marketing, Learning Strategies, and all course sequences of Math 10-12. His focus during his career has been fostering caring relationships with all stakeholders and developing robust student and staff mentorship programs.

Mr Knafla obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary in 1998; his Bachelor of Education, Middle Schools focus, from the University of British Columbia in 1999; and his Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria in 2014.

Fun Facts:

  • My wife Tracy and I have 2 girls, Emily (Gr 7) and Julia (Gr 6), 1 cat, Mala, 1 hamster, Jazzy and 2 frogs Froggy & Hoppy.
  • I have one brother. My brother and his wife are currently expecting their next child in November.
  • My Favorite Food: Dark chocolate and bacon (independently)
  • My Favourite Colour: I love the colours of nature - sunsets!
  • My Dream Vacation: Take me on a cruise from Japan to New Zealand and let me walk the Lord of the Rings Trek!
  • Favourite Bible Passage: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1,2
  • Fun Fact that nobody knows: I have a dance minor from the University of Calgary and my first career was advertising - I worked for the Calgary Herald for 10 years.

What I am looking forward to at Menno?

"I’m thrilled to come to Menno 'cause it rocks! I am truly looking forward to growing in faith and in relationship with students, teachers and parents."

My prayer for the students:

“May every day start and end with joy and laughter"



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