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Board of Directors

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 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.

Tyler Moran

Tyler Moran is the Assistant Superintendent of the Interlake School Division. Tyler’s experience in public education includes learning in the roles of teacher, consultant, and school administrator. He holds a Masters Degree in Leadership and School Improvement with a focus on professional learning for educators and believes that the collective efficacy of our citizens is primary to the health of our communities. Tyler is a father, a husband, and an active member within his community. He looks forward to continued engagement with the mRLC in support of the sustainability of public education in rural communities.
Tyler's terms ends in the spring of 2021.

Lisa Shackleton

Lisa Shackleton has been an educator for 24 years and currently the Strategic Initiative Learning Coordinator for the Portage la Prairie School Division.   Her role within the division involves both student services and curriculum supports.  As a teacher and resource teacher, her experiences have ranged from Kindergarten to grade twelve in both French Immersion and English programs.   Additionally, she has had opportunities and experiences to work collaboratively with many teams of educators including Educational Assistants, Teachers, Administrators and Department Consultants.  Lisa has served as a coordinator, facilitator and as a participant of many professional learning experiences involving a variety of curriculum areas, assessment and instruction, and collaborative practices to support students with special challenges.  She is excited about the future of education and looks forward to creating opportunities for teachers to continue to learn together to meet the challenges and celebrate the successes of all students. 
Lisa's term ends in the spring of 2021.

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.

Candy Skyhar

Candy Skyhar is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education (Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy) at Brandon University. She is passionate about teacher education as well as the provision of effective and meaningful teacher professional development, particularly for teachers in rural contexts.  As an educator who taught in three different rural Manitoba communities over her 20-year teaching career, Candy both advocated for equity for rural teachers, and worked towards the improvement of professional development opportunities available to educators.  Her Ph.D. research, which built on her previous work as a PD committee chair and part-time  Numeracy Coach, examined possibilities for developing contextually responsive PD models that mitigate challenges divisions and teachers face with regards to providing and accessing meaningful PD. In her work at Brandon University, Candy teaches courses focused on teacher identity, instructional methods, and mathematics education. 
Candy's terms ends in the spring of 2021.

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 vice-principal 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 2021.

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.

Kelli Riehl

Kelli Riehl graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999 with a Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Music with a double minor in Biology and Chemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.  She began her teaching career in Saskatchewan, and after several years, found herself working for the Swan Valley School Division, where she taught Band and basic French in Benito, Manitoba.  Kelli met her husband there and started a family.  Feeling it was in the best interest of her children, Kelli made the difficult decision to step away from the career she loved to be a stay at home Mom.  In addition to being a busy Mom to three beautiful children she has been the Office Manager of their family's Logging and Lumber Company for the last sixteen years.  Kelli has always maintained her strong passion for education.  Kelli was President of the Swan River Chapter of Canadian Parents for French for several years.  In 2014 she was elected as a Trustee with the Swan Valley School Division, and has served as both vice-chair and chair.  She is also a member of MSBA's Aboriginal Education Committee and a member of the MSBA executive, as Region 1 Director.  As a result of having been involved in education in many different capacities, Kelli offers a unique perspective on the issues facing our schools.  From her post-secondary education, her experience as a teacher, a mother with three children in a French Immersion program, President of a Parent Council, a Trustee, Chairwoman of a School Board, a MSBA Committee Member, and Executive member,  Kelli sees that in today's climate, all school divisions, big and small, are facing challenges.  She believes that these challenges can become opportunities.  The keys to future success are communication and collaboration, because she knows that together, we can give the children of Manitoba the education they so deserve.                                                       Kelli's terms ends in the spring of 2021.