Dr. Nancy Spencer-Poitras
Superintendent of Schools
The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Nancy Spencer-Poitras has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer for the Northland School Division effective February 1, 2020. Dr. Spencer-Poitras has maintained an exceptional record of school and division leadership over an extensive career as an educator in Alberta. She has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal with Edmonton Public Schools, as an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent in Alberta, as well as having worked with both the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) and Alberta Education. Since September 2017, Dr. Spencer-Poitras has held the position of Assistant Superintendent with Northland. In June 2019, she was named Acting Superintendent. Throughout her career, she has worked fervently to improve educational opportunities for students and children. Dr. Spencer-Poitras has a solid background of research and practice in educational leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master of Education degree with a specialization in Administration and Leadership. She has recently completed her Doctor of Education in Educational Research from the University of Calgary. Nancy has also been recognized provincially for her work in education. She received the Distinguished Leadership Award in 2006 and won an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. Nancy is committed to moving Northland forward, continuing with its best practices in education and working collaboratively with students, staff, and parents to ensure the effectiveness and success of the Division. Nancy and her husband, Jack, are residents of Wabasca. They have four children; three boys and one girl. They have three beautiful granddaughters and are currently awaiting the birth of their first grandson.
Dr. Tim Stensland
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.
Douglas joined the Northland family as Secretary Treasurer on September 1, 2020. “Douglas has extensive experience and education in financial operations, management, administration and leadership,” said Dr. Nancy Spencer-Poitras, Superintendent of Schools. “Douglas is enthusiastic, confident, professional and has experience in the various portfolios contained in the Secretary Treasurer role. We feel very confident that Douglas is a perfect fit for this role and will be great for the Division. He was selected from a field of truly outstanding candidates.” Mr. Aird has a strong practical and theoretical background in finance. In addition to his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, Douglas earned a Master of Public Management degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Manitoba. “I look forward to helping our team, our schools and our operations pursue excellence; our focus on leadership, relationships, learning and financial practices are laying a strong foundation for quality. I am looking forward to building new relationships here and I am always looking for ways to challenge and improve myself. This opportunity excites me as it is a chance to positively affect people’s lives. I feel truly honoured to have been selected for the position of Secretary Treasurer.” Douglas and his wife Todzia have two children and two dogs. Douglas enjoys family, travel, cars and sports.