Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory
In District since August 2017, Superintendent/CEO Peter Jory has had a number of posts around the province. Most recently Director of Instruction (Technology and Innovation) in the Sea to Sky School District, Peter has also been a vice-principal and principal in the Cowichan Valley School District, a vice-principal in the Prince Rupert School District, and a vice-principal and teacher in the Fraser-Cascade School District.
Peter values data-driven decision making, and consistent and transparent processes designed using a system-wide perspective. He is excited about the leading the North-Okanagan Shuswap School District towards full implementation of the District Strategic Plan and the Ministry of Education’s New Curriculum.
Assistant Superintendent Carl Cooper
As an educator Carl believes in public education as the foundation of our society and in providing opportunity for everyone, that we need to help in anyway and every way possible to improve student life trajectories and successes.
Carl is a “lifer” with SD83 as he began his education career in 1994 at Parkview Elementary as a grade 6 and Learning Resource Teacher. In 1997 he became Parkview’s Vice-Principal and later was Principal at Grindrod, Len Wood, M.V. Beattie and South Broadview before moving to the district office as Director of Instruction in 2015. In his 25 years in the school district Carl has been a classroom teacher, librarian, learning resource teacher, vice-principal, principal and now district administrator.
Personally, Carl enjoys swimming and coaching swimming. He has coached various sports, both youth and adults, locally, regionally and provincially. He also enjoys mentoring new swim coaches.
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 Student Learning 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 & Distributed Learning) 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 now in his second year of being the District Principal of Careers & Distributed Learning (Education Outreach Program). 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. He also oversees the Distributed Learning Program that provides students with the flexibility and choice to take some or all of their learning online. 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 of Student Learning Nav Chonker
Nav is passionate about inclusive education and success for all students. Nav views a collaborative learning environment key to creating successful teaching, learning and working practices and opportunities to best meet the needs of our learners.
Nav began her career on the North Coast of BC in a remote ferry and fly-in community as a teacher to support K-12 including prep and academic courses. Following years included head high school teacher and teaching Vice-Principal. From the North Coast, Nav served in various posts including Itinerant Numeracy Resource Teacher for a First Nations aggregate serving 10 schools in North East Ontario, Special Education and Learning Assistance Teacher in Northern Ontario and Student Support/English as a Second Dialect Teacher in Merritt with SD 58. In her most recent position, she served as Principal/K-3 teacher/Special Education teacher and Case Manager for two remote Stikine communities in School District 87.
The most vulnerable and marginalized learners and communities, including First Nations and students with Special Needs have been Nav’s focus in her postings. Building partnerships and trusting relationships with all education stakeholders are essential to enriching the efficacy of education for all learners and teachers. Nav is excited to be part of the SD 83 learner community and looks forward to working together in the best interest of all learners.
Interim Secretary-Treasurer Buce Hunt
Bruce Hunt, who was the Secretary-Treasurer for SD83 for 12 years before retiring in 2011, is back to help out until the district’s new Secretary-Treasurer can join the district in January.
Bruce graduated from BCIT in Financial Management and received a professional accounting designation as a Certified General Accountant (CGA). He has both private sector and public sector experience, including as Secretary-Treasurer for Saanich School District before moving to SD83.
Bruce’s personal objective is to assist schools and their staff in having a positive impact on student growth and learning. To ensure that School District finances are focused on student learning and balanced in the variety of support services that a School District needs to carry out in order to deliver this mandate.
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 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 Operations Manager and, in 2018, Director 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.