Superintendent of Schools – CEO Donna Kriger
Taking over the reins of the district in August, 2021, Superintendent/CEO Donna Kriger’s guiding principal throughout her career has been “Students Come First” and she is determined to keep this philosophy front and centre during her tenure in School District 83.
She has 14 years administrative experience at the school and district level, coupled with extensive experience working with school-based administrative teams, teachers, support staff, students and First Nations. Kriger has a wide variety of skills and experiences to her new role. She has held portfolios in distributed learning, improving graduation rates, revising secondary assessment practices, comprehensive school community health, Indigenous education and has worked tirelessly in supporting both student and staff mental health and well-being.
She is looking forward to building relationships with staff, students, families, and the community members within School District 83. She considers herself to be student-centred and committed to affording students across the district with equitable opportunities within the communities in which they reside. She is passionate about listening to the voices of Indigenous Peoples and committed to be bringing about transformative change as the district continues its journey toward Truth and Reconciliation.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Calgary.
Assistant Superintendent Ryan Brennan
Ryan, who joined the district in April 2018, is passionate about school improvement, student learning, and staff development and wellness.
He grew up an attended high school in Regina, Saskatchewan and received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina in 1999 with a major in secondary in Social Studies Education and a minor in Physical Education. He received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary in 2014. Ryan taught grades 6-12 for ten years in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta. He was a vice-principal and principal for seven years and was in district leadership as a Director of Human Resources for additional two years prior to moving to British Columbia and joining the SD83 Senior Staff team.
Director of Instruction (Inclusive Education) Carol-Ann Leidloff
Carol-Ann is passionate about student success and ensuring that all students have equal opportunities to experience success in school. Effectively meeting the diverse learning needs of all our students through an inclusive approach to learning is a priority for her.
She began her career in 1990 in Golden, B.C. (SD6) working as both an intermediate classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. In 2000 she moved to the West Kootenays with her family, and continued her work as a classroom teacher for SD8 (Kootenay Lake). In 2003 she entered school leadership as the Principal of a K-10 rural school and has since been the Principal at both elementary and middle schools.
Carol-Ann is passionate about student success, and has been actively involved in supporting Principals and Vice-Principals with their professional learning at both district and provincial levels throughout her career as a school leader. She is well-known throughout the province for her work on the BC Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association Board of Directors, in addition to her contributions on many BCPVPA committees, some of which include the development of the Leadership Standards for B.C. Principals and Vice-Principals and Supervision For Learning committees.
District Principal (Careers & MyEducation Project Lead) Reid Findlay
Reid considers himself to be a “displaced flatlander” having grown up in Killarney, Manitoba. Reid attended the University of Manitoba and earned his B.Sc (1989) and a B.Ed (1991) while attended and watching many Winnipeg Jets games. He started his teaching career in the Cariboo Chilcotin School District – where he taught for seven years – before relocating to Salmon Arm where he and his wife, Jennifer, have raised their two daughters. Reid has worked as a principal at J.L. Jackson Jr. Secondary, North Shuswap Elementary, Len Wood Middle School, and Salmon Arm Secondary over his 20 years in this district. During those years, Reid completed his M.Ed through the University of Calgary in 2004 with a specialization in Educational Leadership.
Reid is the District Principal of Careers & The MyEd Project Lead (MyEd is the student data management system). His passion has always been to be of service to the community, and his new role is particularly rewarding in this regard. Working closely with our community and post-secondary training partners, Reid and the team he leads help many students find their path to their future beyond the K-12 system. His family, guitar, hockey stick and fly rod help him to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Learning to skate ski at Larch Hills is his mid-life pursuit.
District Principal of Indigenous Education Anne Tenning
Anne is passionate about increasing Indigenous perspectives and understandings in education, particularly the lasting legacy of residential schools.
She is a member of the Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. She has been an educator for 19 years, working as a secondary teacher (science and English), an academic counsellor for Aboriginal students, and as a District Principal of Aboriginal Education – first in SD 67 Okanagan Skaha and then in SD 68 Nanaimo Ladysmith before joining SD83 in this role in August, 2018. Anne is excited to be a part of the team in SD83 and being a part of the work that is happing here in reconciliation, equity, inquiry, and improving the educational experiences of students of Indigenous ancestry.
District Principal Rob MacAulay (Education Outreach & International Student)
Rob grew up in Salmon Arm and graduated from Salmon Arm Secondary more than a few years ago. After high school he attended UBC where he did his B.Sc. in Physics before heading to California to work and learn how to surf.
Many previous enjoyable years of coaching swimming drew him back into instructing youth. He re-enrolled in UBC to complete his B.Ed. (and later his M.Ed.) so that he could teach in the education system. After returning to California to teach for one year, he returned to our school district in 1993. Since then, he has taught courses, coached teams and been a school administrator at every high school in every community in our school district.
Currently, Rob is the District Principal in charge of International Student Programs, Distance Learning and some other district portfolios. He still tries to find time every year to help coach in the schools.
District Principal Val Edgell (Numeracy)
After graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary, Val headed off to UBC to complete a science degree and then an education degree. She completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, as well as post-degree work in Inclusive Education. She was a teacher and principal in School District 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin), and School District 58 (Merritt) before joining SD83 and returning home to Enderby to be close to family. Her greatest joy in life is her family, including her two kids who are currently in college and university. In her spare time Val loves to work outside on our small farm, bike, swim, hike and generally do anything outside! In her professional world she is passionate about education and in particular, helping each and every student become independent, successful learners. Over the course of her career she has taught all grades from K-12, and currently a large focus of her portfolio is Numeracy K-12.
District Principal Jen Findlay (Early Learning, Literacy, Ed Tech Team Student Learning)
Jen is passionate about supporting students by supporting educators. She enjoys collaborating and learning with educators from around the district (and province) and encourages reflective practices for herself, other educators, and students.
Over her career, Jen has had the pleasure of teaching students from K to 7 and has held multiple administrative roles. Jen joined the district in 1999 as the vice principal of Len Wood Elementary. Prior to that, she was a teacher and vice principal in 100 Mile House (SD27) and a primary teacher in Winnipeg. When her two daughters were young, she ran a licensed family daycare out of her home. She was also an Executive Director of LASS, a non-profit literacy organization, for several years before officially returning to the school district. Jen is currently a District Principal with a varied portfolio including Early Learning, Literacy, Outdoor Learning, Instructional Leadership, and Communicating Student Learning. She is also a member of the SD83 Ed Tech Team.
Outside of work, Jen enjoys spending time with her family at the cabin, travelling, reading, listening to podcasts, skiing, hiking with her dogs, and trail running with friends.
Secretary-Treasurer Alanna Cameron
Secretary-Treasurer Alanna Cameron has more than ten years of financial and administrative experience within the education sector, and has eight years in a senior management position. Alanna was the Secretary-Treasurer for School District No. 82 (Coast Mountains) since 2010, as well as the part-time Secretary-Treasurer for School District No. 92 (Nisga’a) from 2015-2017.
Alanna loves the outdoors and is an avid camper and hiker. Along with her dog Gypsy (a Bernese Mountain dog) she enjoys exploring the beautiful mountains, trails and endless beaches in the Shuswap area. She is also enjoys yoga.
Director of Finance Gary Greenhough
Director of Finance Gary Greenhough began his career with SD83 in September 1995 as an accountant before advancing to his current position in July 2015. As a professional accountant, he has extensive experience providing financial and business expertise. Gary has worked in public education for over 23 years. Previously, Gary spent several years working in both the public sector (accountant) and private sector (accountant and manager of finance and administration).
Gary enjoys his Director of Finance role with SD83 with a focus on student success. Operating in a complex organization, he works to add value through the financial processes that support schools and departments.
Gary attended high school in Salmon Arm and obtained a diploma in Business Administration from Okanagan College. Gary is a longtime member of BC Association of School Business Officials (BCASBO), and is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA). Gary also enjoys outdoor activities, travelling, and family time.
Director of Operations Travis Elwood
Travis joined SD83 earlier this year from the Coast Mountains School District where he was the leader of the facilities and transportation department. He comments his extensive background in construction, renovation, and contract management makes work in the public sector a rewarding opportunity. A personal drive to improve the neighbourhood learning environments motivated him to become involved in the school district operations department. He has served on the executive committee of EFMA (Educational Facility Management Association) for the past three years to provide further training opportunities for other facility managers in the province. Being an outdoor enthusiast makes the Shuswap a great home base for all the activites he and his wife enjoy.
Manager of Operations Trevor Bettcher
A dedicated long-term School District 83 employee with a focus on consistent and fair delivery of services, Trevor has been with the district for 19 years. His personal objective is to provide a safe clean and comfortable environment for all students and staff. Whether it is a busing, building or site need the Operations Department believes a positive student environment is essential in putting students first.
Trevor started as a bus and auto service technician, moved to being lead hand of the mechanics shop, in house driver trainer, facilities maintenance planner, to Manager of Operations.
He has a variety of certifications including a Master Technician with Interprovincial Commercial Transport Technician trades qualification and Automotive Service Tech Qualification, certificate from University of Washington for Fleet and Shop Management, Certified Director of Pupil Transportation form The National Association of Pupil Transportation, and Certifications Facilities Maintenance and Planning from Southern Interior Construction Association, Canadian Construction Association, and Keyano College.