Meet Our Staff

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION INCLUDES:

Indigenous Support Workers (ISWs)

Based on the Indigenous Education Enhancement Agreement, our ISWs provide direct support to all self-identified Indigenous Students K-12.  Their main role is to make connections with students and to provide the following:

  1. To increase every Indigenous student’s sense of belonging, cultural identity and self-esteem.
  2. To increase the academic success of all Indigenous students through personalized learning.
  3. To increase the awareness and understanding of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit history, traditions and culture for all students.
  4. To increase Indigenous students’ skills, qualities and confidence in leadership.

Indigenous Education Curriculum Support Teachers

Our three curriculum support teachers provide direct support to teachers with the First Peoples Principle of Learning in classrooms. They work closely with school district staff to weave indigenous ways of knowing and being throughout all levels of the curriculum.

Student and Family Program Worker

The family program worker works as part of school-based teams and district teams to provide supplementary support to Indigenous students, particularly those at-risk students. They support K-7 students and families district wide.

Indigenous Liaison Coordinator

Provides support to the Indigenous Education team and community by acting as a liaison with various organizations and community groups.  They act as a representative and advocate at committee meetings.  They also support Indigenous Education programs across the district.

Indigenous Education District Office

Oversees and supports the Indigenous Education team to ensure that all Indigenous students have access to support and service.

Meet Our Indigenous Education Staff

Indigenous Support Workers

Airport Elementary  Meet Andrea Nauta

Arden Elementary  Meet Sandi Phye and Shannon Campbell

Aspen Elementary  Meet Ann Billie

Brooklyn Elementary  Meet Cheryl Graham

Courtenay Elementary Meet Holly Douglas

Cumberland Community School Meet Ineke Burritt and Joanna Beston

Denman Island School **As Needed**

Ecole Puntledge Park Meet Dean Quiring and Debbie Allen

Ecole Robb Road Meet Samantha Hynes

George P. Vanier Secondary Meet Kath Larson, Kolby Koschack, Kris Prince, and Savannah Seigler

Glacier View Secondary Meet Sara O’Malley

Highland Secondary Meet Mo Moshiri

Hornby Island School Rotating schedule

Huband Park Elementary Meet Wanda Crowder

Lake Trail Middle School Meet David Dawson and Jenna Flint

Mark R. Isfeld Secondary Meet Jeannie McDonald and Filipe Andrade

Miracle Beach Elementary Meet Lena Murdock

Nala’atsi School Meet David Dawson

NIDES Navigate **Position currently vacant**

Queneesh Elementary Meet Danielle Routley and Annette Blecic

Royston Elementary Meet Twyla MacDonald

Valley View Elementary Meet Colleen Furlotte

Indigenous Education Curriculum Support Teachers

Meet Gail Martindale (elementary K – 7)

Meet Lynn Swift (elementary K – 7)

Meet Lelaina Jules (secondary  8 – 12)

Student and Family Program Worker

Meet Gwen Monnet

Indigenous Liaison Coordinator

Meet Chettie Macdonald

Distance Learning Support 

Administrative Assistant – Meet Giselaine Ballantyne

Indigenous Support Worker – **Position currently vacant**

Indigenous Education Office

Senior Administrative Assistant – Meet Sue Cambrey

District Principal – Meet Bruce Carlos

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you, or someone you know are interested in working with Indigenous Education, please send us an email or call today for more details: indigenous.education@sd71.bc.ca / 250 331-4040

To view current openings, visit:  //www.makeafuture.ca/regions-districts/bc-public-school-districts/vancouver-island-sunshine-coast/comox-valley/