Principal's Message

Hello KOTR Families!


My name is Erin Paynter, and I am the proud Principal of Kars on the Rideau PS.  I am very excited to be a part of the KOTR school community. I prefer to be called Erin or Ms. Erin by staff, students, and families. My pronouns are she/her.


My main priority is the physical and emotional safety and well-being of students. Caring relationships are at the heart of our work - students won’t and can’t learn where they don’t feel safe or cared for. With this comes a deep commitment to examining practices to disrupt anti-racism, colonialism, transphobia, homophobia, and any other biases we hold. All identities are valued and welcomed at KOTR. As the Principal, I am committed to ensuring that this work is visible and on-going with all staff, students, and families. If you feel that this is not happening, we welcome hearing from you. 



We are also committed to equity through the destreaming of our practices. This includes how we approach students with identified learning needs, or who may not be reaching their full potential. We are embarking on our School Learning Renewal Plan where we are focusing on foundational literacy skills, deep learning of math concepts, and STEM education. Within this plan is our commitment to decolonize our thinking and practices which includes striving to uphold our treaty obligations under the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


In my free time, I love to read, knit, crochet, and ride my motorcycle. I love spending time with my husband, our daughter and her wife, and our son and his fiancee.


We value open communication at KOTR. We want to hear from you, whether it’s a concern, a question, a comment, or a complement! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through a phone call or email.  



Take good care,


Proud Principal of Kars on the Rideau PS


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