Elementary Teacher, Strait Regional Centre for Education
Catherine Gillis has taught with the SRCE for the past seven years. She works in a circuit position between Richmond Education Centre/Academy and Felix Marchand Education Centre. She teaches P-6 Music, 5/6 Immersion Math, Core French 4, Music 9, and Histoire du Canada 11.
As a member of Council, she is particularly interested in sharing her experiences in rural and multi-grade education, Music Education, and French Second Language programming. Her formal education includes a Master of Education (Leadership), Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Music.
Elementary Teacher, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
Tara McCormick is a grade 5 teacher at Ecole du Grand-Portage in Lower Sackville with 10 years of experience. Tara is in her 5th year teaching grade 5 and has previously taught at the elementary school level teaching kindergarten, grade 2, grade 4 and a combined class.
She has taught at three different schools in two different counties. Tara is very excited to be part of a team dedicated to improving classroom conditions.
Junior High Teacher, Tri-County Regional Centre for Education
Claudine is a grade 7 & 8 French teacher at Maple Grove Education Centre. She has been an educator for over twenty years while teaching in Massachusetts, Alberta, and Nova Scotia. Her previous experiences have largely focused in multiple French Immersion courses from grades 7-12.
Claudine has also served two years as a vice-principal in Alberta. Her vast experience brings a valuable perspective to the Council. Her excitement and openness to change will be great assets in improving classroom conditions for all stakeholders.
Elementary Teacher, Halifax Regional Centre for Education
Cheyanne Tolliver is a grade 5/6 teacher at Fairview Heights Elementary in Halifax. She has been teaching in HRSB for four years in grades 3 /4,6, and most recently 5/6.
Prior to teaching she has over ten years professional experience working with nonprofit organizations and government partners in the adult entrepreneurship education/training sector.
High School Teacher, Halifax Regional Centre for Education
John Boutilier is a teacher at Sir John A. Macdonald High School in Tantallon. He has been between the English and Social Studies Departments since 1991 and is currently teaching Mi’Kmaw Studies 11 and English 12.
As the Social Studies department head, he has taught most of the Social Studies and English courses offered over the last 28 years and has even taught Family Studies.
Junior High Teacher, Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education
Jennifer Field teaches Grade 7 students French Language Arts, English Language Arts, Sciences Humaines and Healthy Living at E.B. Chandler Junior High in Amherst, Nova Scotia. In her five years of teaching experience, she has already been viewed as outstanding.
She came to the teaching profession a little later in her career, bringing 15 years of professional experience from the private and government sectors. Supporting the best for public education, her strong inclusive voice reaches students and adults alike.
High School Teacher, Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education
Derick Smith has taught high school students at Annapolis West Education Centre in Annapolis Royal for over 10 years. Currently, he teaches Physics, Art, Computer Programming and Science.
Derick has also led many extracurricular activities at AWEC, including music and art exhibitions, indoor climbing, and the Annapolis Royal Space Agency, which was the first school club in Nova Scotia to launch a data collection probe to Earth’s upper atmosphere. Derek looks forward to using his diverse background to work with fellow Council members to improve education.
High School Teacher, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education
Jason is a teacher at Riverview High School in an English / Music position. Jason provides professional development for colleagues within the Regional Center for Education, as well as teachers within the Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey school system. Jason brings to the council 21+ years experience in education.
Primarily a teacher of secondary-level English Language Arts, Jason has also taught Grade 6, classroom Music P-6, Drama, and high school Music as well as a literacy mentor with CBVRCE. He looks forward to bringing the concerns of teachers to the Council and collaborating with other educators from across the province.
Junior High Teacher, South Shore Regional Centre for Education
Denise is a grade 7 teacher at Bridgewater Junior High School. She has been with the South Shore Regional School Board for 9 years and has taught multiple subjects at the junior high level.
Having taught solely at the middle level for her entire career, she has an excellent understanding of the challenges facing both the teachers and students of these grade levels.
Marie has a M. Ed in Counselling and is a School Counsellor at Saint Andrew Junior School in Antigonish with a population of 570 middle school students. Marie has worked as a School Counsellor since 2010 and is currently a member of the committee to re-write/re-image the Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling program.
In her 24 years as an educator, she taught high school English for the first 13 years. Passionate about positive mental health advocacy, the integral role of the School Counsellor in a school community, and the belief that positive mental health is a learning enabler.
DODIE HANNA MAJOR CD
Dodie is a full-time parent of five children ages 11 through 22. Dodie serves as a member of the School Advisory Council for the Malcolm Munroe Middle School (CBVRCE). As a youth mentor for over 30 years, she brings experience with inclusivity, French programming, learning disabilities, LGBTQ and Aboriginal issues. She is a Commanding Officer of a very active Air Cadet Squadron in Sydney Nova Scotia and currently a part-time Canadian Forces Reservist for 32 years.
Jared Purdy is the Principal at Yarmouth Central School, a Pre-Primary to Grade 6 school in the Tri-County Regional Centre for Education, where he is in his 8th year as Principal.
Prior to that, he was a Vice Principal and has taught a variety of grades at the elementary level in both English and French Immersion in his 14 years in education.
Jared was previously seconded full-time to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development as Project Lead for the Nova Scotia Principals Forum Standing Committee.
Although no longer seconded full-time, he still chairs this committee monthly where he works closely with 20 Principals and Vice Principals from across the province focusing on key issues facing school-based administrators.
Jared is also proud to work closely with the NSELC in the Aspiring Leaders Program where he serves as the co-facilitator of the Student Services Summer Seminar.
Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union/Co-Chair
Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development/Co-Chair
JAMES KING (JIM)
- The council is co-chaired by representatives of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
- The co-chairs may name a neutral facilitator to work with the committee, as required. There is also a provision for an arbitrator to be appointed in the event the council cannot agree on a recommendation.
- 40 initial recommendations were made in the April 28 Report of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.
Questions or comments can be directed to: ClassroomCouncil@novascotia.ca