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.
Area 1 (West) Associate Superintendent
Shelley Willier returned to the Northland family in May, 2017. Willier has been involved in education for over 25 years in various roles. She spent 16 years as a teacher and principal, two years as Director of Education for Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, Assistant Superintendent at NSD and fives year with Alberta Education. As Area 1 Associate Superintendent, Shelley is responsible for ensuring proper supports are in place for: Paddle Prairie School, Dr. Mary Jackson School (Keg River), Bishop Routhier School (Peavine Métis Settlement), Gift Lake School, Hillview School (East Prairie Métis Settlement), Grouard Northland School, Susa Creek School, Little Buffalo School, Peerless Lake School and Kateri School (Trout Lake). Shelley obtained a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta (U of A) in 1991 and in 2009 she completed a Masters of Education from U of A with a focus on Indigenous People’s Education.
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).
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.
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.