At a special announcement at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute in Strathroy this morning, Executive Superintendent Laura Elliott was named Director of Education for the Thames Valley District School Board, effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Board Chair Joyce Bennett says Trustees look forward to Elliott’s leadership in this critical role. 'Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Director as well as a demonstrated level of integrity and commitment to student success.” Trustees approved the appointment of Elliott at a special board meeting last evening.
Elliott will take over from Director Bill Tucker who announced his retirement in March. Director-elect Elliott is looking forward to the opportunity to lead the Thames Valley Board in implementing its new mission and vision. “I look forward to working very hard on behalf of our students and the staff, which includes dedicated educators who share my commitment to improving student learning and student success.'
In her current role as Executive Superintendent of Program Services, Elliott has responsibility for JK-12 curriculum, Special Education, Information Technology, JK-12 Literacy and Numeracy, Student Pathways for Success, Secondary and Elementary School Improvement, Aboriginal Education, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Partnerships, policy development, Outdoor Education and Environmental Education and Secondary and Elementary Athletics.
Elliott came to the Thames Valley District School Board from the Durham District School Board in 2007 where she served as Superintendent of Education, Technical & Information Services. She was responsible for the Virtual Campus, Secondary and Elementary School Supervision, Adult and Continuing Education, Safe Schools, Health & Safety and Staff Development.
Throughout her career, Director-elect Elliott has also held positions as Superintendent of Education, Student Success/Learning to 18 with the Ontario Ministry of Education; Manager of Membership Records with the Ontario College of Teachers; Vice-Principal and Education Officer (Learning Technologies) with the Durham District School Board; and Principal and Adult and Continuing Education and Management Consultant with the Department of National Defence. She has taught at the elementary, secondary and adult education levels and holds Masters degrees in Business Administration and Education and Bachelor degrees in Science and Education.
Elliott replaces Bill Tucker who was appointed in 2008 and recently announced his retirement. Tucker will join Western University's Faculty of Education as Associate Professor (Visiting Appointment) effective Sept. 1, 2013.