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Keith Murray

Keith Murray is in his fourth year as superintendent of Prairie Spirit School Division. He has 30 years of experiencing working in both rural and urban settings, and at the school and divisional levels. He has a Masters in Distance Education and a strong interest in using distance education to support student and teacher learning. In his current posting, he is focusing on two of his division priorities - developing a collaborative practice using Google Apps for Education and using data and research to shape planning and delivery of instruction. Keith’s term ends in the spring of 2018.

Carolyn Cory

Carolyn Cory has been an educator for almost 30 years and is currently in her third year as Superintendent of Southwest Horizon School Division. She has worked in a variety of capacities including Student Services/Curriculum Coordinator, Resource Teacher, Guidance Counsellor, Reading Recovery Teacher, and classroom teacher from K-12. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Education as well as a Masters of Education from Brandon University. As a rural educator and resident, Carolyn believes whole-heartedly in the power of collaboration, shared leadership and the strength of rural communities. She highly values the work of mRLC and looks forward to new opportunities.Carolyn’s term ends in the spring of 2018.

Robyn Wiebe

Robyn Wiebe is serving her second term as Trustee for Western School Division in Morden. She has served 3 years on the MSBA Executive as Region 2 Director and is now serving as Vice-President for Boards under 6000. Robyn has learned in her short time as a trustee that the key to quality student learning is equity and quality instruction. Robyn is grateful for the opportunity to invest her time learning from and contributing to the mRLC and sharing these things with school boards around the province of Manitoba. Robyn’s term ends in the spring of 2018.

Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews is Assistant Superintendent of Border Land School Division. Prior to assuming this role, Jonathan served as principal of W. C. Miller for 6 years, as viceprincipal for 3 years and ELA teacher for 3 years. Jonathan has an additional 14 years of classroom experience in contexts as diverse as a private school in central BC to a teacher’s college in China to elementary and high school experience in northern BC. Jonathan believes that collaboration is key to effective school leadership and has sought to embed the principles of professional learning communities into the school culture at W. C. Miller. A strong belief in the power of lesson design and in the need for on-going reflective conversations about practice have lead him to implement classroom the Walk-Through as a part of his school leadership framework. Serving with mRLC is an opportunity to grow professionally and be part of a broader conversation about education in rural Manitoba. Jonathan’s term ends in the spring of 2018. 

Mike Nantais

Mike Nantais has lived and worked in rural Manitoba for over 35 years. He worked in Turtle Mountain School division as an educational technology leader, one year as VP, and three as Principal. Mike was known as an innovator and leader within the division, he was involved in the school becoming a member of Industry Canada’s ‘Network of Innovative Schools’ and being recognized as one of “Canada’s Top Ten Schools” by Maclean’s magazine.

He has been actively involved in LwICT, and math and science curriculum with Manitoba Education. He has also served at leadership levels with MTS, COSL, MAETL and ManACE. His current role at BU is teaching educational technology, math and science methods, in addition to scholarly work and research.
Mike’s term ends in the spring of 2018.

Janet Martell

Janet Martell is Superintendent/CEO of Lakeshore School Division. She is a visionary leader whose passion for education and commitment to her communities fuels her desire for high quality learning and teaching in every classroom. She was instrumental in leading teachers through a process to reimagine education in Lakeshore. Teachers, with the support of principals, developed plans, classroom-based or school-wide, that aimed to meet the needs of all the learners in the school and engage them in learning. There is currently a culture “where educators believe in their own creative capacities and have license to fail” (Breakspear). Janet is standing for a 1 year term.

Connie Zimmer 

Connie Zimmer has been an educator for almost 25 years. She is currently working as a Curriculum Facilitator for Park West School Division, supporting K-8 teachers in literacy and numeracy. Her passion and areas of extensive work have involved assessment, implementation of Words Their Way, and training teachers in First Steps in Mathematics. Connie truly enjoys supporting teachers and believes that embracing a growth mindset enables one to become a lifelong learner. She is a strong advocate for all students and believes they can reach their potential when instruction is differentiated and instruction provided has been proven through research to have a positive impact on student achievement. Connie’s term ends in the spring of 2019. 

Sheri–Lynn Skwarchuk

Sheri–Lynn Skwarchuk is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg, as well as adjunct status with the Psychology Department of the University of Winnipeg and the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. Dr. Skwarchuk obtained her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Waterloo. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of children’s development and learning, early numeracy, mathematical cognition and assessment. She also holds certificates as a School Psychologist Clinician and an Early Childhood Educator II in Manitoba. Sheri- Lynn is the parent of three school-aged children, and an advocate for all children, parents and families, strongly supporting philosophies for appropriate educational programming and inclusion principles in Manitoba. Sheri–Lynn’s term ends in the spring of 2019.

Scott Hill

Scott Hill is the Assistant Superintendent of Evergreen School Division. He has previously served in a variety of roles in public education: teaching in the classroom, guidance counseling, consulting, and school administration.

Scott holds a Masters Degree in Social Foundations of Education and has a strong belief in democratic renewal as the primary purpose of schooling & education. He values collaboration and inquiry within and beyond our schools, so that our students become able and willing to make the world a better place. Scott’s term ends in the spring of 2020.