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
Cheryl Bourque-Wells presently teaches Grade 8 and 9 mathematics, Grade 8 and 9 French immersion mathematics, and Grade 8 French immersion science at Drumlin Heights Consolidated School. She has served TCRSB for 21 years as a classroom teacher and as a mathematics mentor. She brings to the Council a deep professional knowledge and understanding of the issues facing junior high teachers.
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
Michael Cosgrove teaches at Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth. Cosgrove has been teaching with the Halifax Regional School Board for 17 years and has taught multiple subjects and grades in high school. He currently teaches English 10 and 12 as well as English 12: African Heritage Literature and Philosophy 12.
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.
KERRI LYNN POWER
High School Teacher, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education
Kerri Lynn Power is an English and math teacher at Memorial High in Sydney Mines with 20 years’ experience. Uniquely qualified to teach both math and English, Kerri Lynn also has experience teaching a cross section of students.
In her application, Kerri Lynn says, “I would love the opportunity to voice the concerns of my fellow high school teachers and effect change in our classrooms.”
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.
Pamela Doyle has more than a decade of experience as a guidance counsellor with the Halifax Regional School Board. Prior to this, she taught English and Social Studies at Lockview and Millwood high schools. Ms. Doyle is of African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq ancestry.
Amy MacKinnon is a parent who actively volunteers on a Home and School Committee and a Schools Plus Advisory Council within the Tri-county Regional School Board.
Amy’s son, who has an intellectual disability, is in Grade 6 at Forest Ridge Academy and will soon attend Barrington Municipal High School.
Jared Purdy is currently seconded to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and is entering his second year as Project Lead for the Nova Scotia Principals Forum Standing Committee. In this position, Jared works closely with 20 Principals and Vice Principals from across the province focusing on key issues facing school-based administrators. He'll be returning to Yarmouth Central School in November where he'll be entering his 8th year as Principal. Prior to that, he was a Vice Principal and has taught a variety of grades at the elementary level both in English and French Immersion in his 13 years in the Tri-Country Regional Centre for Education.
A/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