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Nancy Spencer-Poitras

Nancy Spencer-Poitras

Acting Superintendent of Schools

Nancy’s career in education began after obtaining a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta (U of A) in 1981. She became principal at Edmonton Public Schools in 1996 where she worked with multiple stakeholders to deliver education programs for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. In 2007, Nancy completed a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership from the U of A and was appointed Superintendent of Schools at Buffalo Trails Public Schools (BTSD). Spencer-Poitras continued her senior leadership journey at Grande Yellowhead Public School Division (GYPSD). While working at GYPSD as an assistant superintendent, she helped develop a variety of educational programs, as well as supporting opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education through the Palisades Center. Nancy has also served as a Director of Leadership Learning for the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), sat on the provincial steering committee for Inclusion and on the Board of Governors for Olds College. Nancy has been recognized provincially for her work in education. She received the Distinguished Leadership Award in 2006 and won Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. Nancy is a Doctoral Candidate in Education, Leadership and Administration at the University of Calgary. Mrs. Spencer-Poitras will serve as Acting Superintendent of Schools until a new superintendent of schools is hired.

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Dermod Madden

Dermod Madden

Area 1 (West) Associate Superintendent

Northland School Division (NSD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dermod Madden as Associate Superintendent. Mr. Madden’s 35-year career in education has come full circle. Madden served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Teacher in various Northland schools. He also worked with the central office as a Pedagogical Supervisor. “It is both a rare honor and privilege to be afforded the opportunity to come full circle in one’s career,” said Madden. “Much of what I have learned as an educator; and the person I have become; is due to both my formative teaching years working in Northland School Division communities and my tenure with Aspen View School Division. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunities to create viable and sustainable teaching and learning environments for all our students.” “I am thrilled to welcome Mr. Madden back to the Northland family,” said Nancy Spencer-Poitras, Acting Superintendent of Schools. “Dermod’s knowledge of the jurisdiction and education within a rural context, his experience as an educator and as a school leader aligns with our commitment to inspire students to be the best they can be by providing outstanding holistic educational opportunities, with amazing staff and strong partnerships with families and communities.” Madden’s senior management experience is extensive. While working for Aspen View Public School Division, he served as the Director of Student Services, Associate Superintendent and the Superintendent of Schools. Madden’s commitment to lifelong learning has not gone unnoticed throughout his career. In 2011, he received the Premier’s Award of Excellence (Silver Medal Recipient) for Inclusive Practice: Development and Utilization of the Integrated Case Management Approach, (Wraparound): Student Services in Alberta. In 2008, Madden was a recipient for the Canadian National Inclusive Education Award. Madden is working towards completing a Doctor of Education in Distance Education. His doctoral thesis is entitled ‘The use of mobile technology in a junior high school blended learning environment’. In addition, Madden has a Master of Education: Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, a Master of Education: Curriculum/Instruction/ESL from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts and Education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. As Associate Superintendent, Madden will be responsible for ensuring proper supports are in place for NSD schools located in Area 1. Those schools include Paddle Prairie School, Bishop Routhier School (Peavine Métis Settlement), Gift Lake School (Gift Lake Métis Settlement), Hillview School (East Prairie Métis Settlement), Grouard Northland School and Susa Creek School. He will also be involved in helping NSD achieve division-wide priorities.

PH: 780-624-2060 or 1-800-362-1360 ext - 6105 Email
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Tim Stensland

Tim Stensland

Area 3 (East) Associate Superintendent

Tim's career in education has come full circle. He began his career at Kateri School (Trout Lake) 28 years ago. Before joining NSD as Area 3 Associate Superintendent, he served as a Senior Manager with Alberta Education. While working as a Senior Manager for Alberta Education, Tim supported NSD through many programs such as the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Based Teacher Education Program, the Northland Teacher Induction Program, Supporting Beginning Teachers Program and the Northern Student Teacher Bursary. As Area 3 Associate Superintendent, Stensland is responsible for ensuring proper supports are in place for NSD schools located in: Athabasca Delta Community School (Fort Chipewyan), Anzac Community School, Bill Woodward School (Anzac), Fort McKay School, Father R. Perin School (Janvier), Conklin Community School, Elizabeth School and J.F. Dion School (Fishing Lake Métis Settlement).

PH: 780-742-6333 Email
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Wes Oginski

Wes Oginski

Associate Superintendent - Human Resources

Wes has served as Director and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources since 2012. Oginski has been involved in education for 31 years in various roles. He spent 11-years as a teacher and principal, six years as Program and Curriculum Manager at Grande Yellowhead Public School Division, eight years as Director of Learning and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction at Rocky View School Division and also worked in the curriculum sector at Alberta Education. Wes has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Art in Administration and Curriculum from Gonzaga University. He’s also in the process of completing a University Human Resources and Labour Relations Certificate.

PH: 780-624-2060 or 1-800-362-1360 ext - 6157 Email
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Trudy Rasmuson

Trudy Rasmuson

Secretary Treasurer

Trudy has served as Secretary Treasurer of NSD since 2014. Rasmuson brings over 10 years of experience in financial management. Prior to joining NSD, she was vice-president of operations north for Vision Credit Union. She earned a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Trudy holds her Certified Management Accountant designation and is also a Certified Executive Coach. She has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Cooperative Association. She participated in missions to Mongolia and has facilitated workshops through the Women’s Mentorship Program. When Trudy is away from the office, she helps her husband and son operate a 200 head-cow operation just north of Peace River.

PH: 780-624-2060 or 1-800-362-1360 ext - 6141 Email