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News Release: FMPSD Announces Additional Leadership Appointments 

News Release: FMPSD Announces Additional Leadership Appointments 

From Top L-R: Chris Organ, Nazia Hiscock, Leannah Robertson, Emilie Giroux, James Sedgwick , Erin Andrews and Bernice HowdenFrom Top L-R: Chris Organ, Nazia Hiscock, Leannah Robertson, Emilie Giroux, James Sedgwick , Erin Andrews and Bernice Howden

(Fort McMurray, AB - May 14, 2020) Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is pleased to announce additional leadership appointments. Chris Organ will be the new Principal of Greely Road Public School. Nazia Hiscock will be the new Vice Principal at Dr. Clark School, Emilie Giroux is heading to Walter and Gladys Hill Public as the new Vice Principal; École Dickinsfield School will see two new Vice Principals with Leannah Robertson and Erin Andrews join the team; James Sedgwick will be Christina Gordon Public School’s new Vice Principal and Fort McMurray Composite High will welcome Bernice Howden as the new Vice Principal, who is also new to FMPSD. 

Chris Organ

Mr. Organ has been with the Division for over 15 years. He started his FMPSD career at Greely Road School teaching grades 7 and 8 and is coming full circle as the new Principal there. For the last three years, Mr. Organ was the Vice Principal at Christina Gordon Public School where he was also the PEAK Academy basketball coach. He also received the coveted FMPSD George Decker Memorial Leadership Award last year.

Nazia Hiscock 

Mrs. Hiscock started with FMPSD in 2010. She is the current Vice Principal at Thickwood Heights School. She has been an active member of the Green Scene Committee, Public Speaking Showcase, District Wellness Committee, Aspiring Leaders, Junior High and Elementary Athletics, and is looking forward to joining the Dr. Clark Dinos this fall. 

Leannah Robertson

Ms. Robertson started with FMPSD in August 2018 as a Literacy Coordinator in the Education Department and then became Vice Principal of Walter and Gladys Hill Public School in August 2019. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues in groups such as Aspiring Leaders. She is in the final year of her MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Calgary. Ms. Robertson considers herself a lifelong learner and looks forward to her new Dickinsfield adventure where she can put her bilingualism to work.

Emilie Giroux 

Mrs. Giroux has been with the Division since 2011 teaching grades 4-12. An environmental champion, she has won several awards and grants including environmental leadership from the YMM chamber of commerce in 2013, Emerald Foundation, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Student Action Challenge from the Government of Alberta, and Learning for a Sustainable Future. Mrs. Giroux will be graduating this July from Athabasca University with a Masters of Distance Education, focusing on Leadership. Last year she received the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship. She also won the TAFI (Twitter, Apps, Facebook, Instagram) social media promotion award last year, and is a Google Certified Educator.

James Sedgwick

Mr. Sedgwick first joined FMPSD to take a position at Westwood Community High School in 2005. He taught Social Studies there for 11 years, and then spent one year at HJ Cody High School in Sylvan Lake, before returning to the Division in 2017 as the Principal of Greely Road School. In 2009 Mr. Sedgwick was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (nominated by students). Mr. Sedgwick has a history of volunteering in Fort McMurray, he was a member of the Communities in Bloom committee, Friends of Keyano College, and worked on a variety of fundraising events. He obtained his Masters from the University of Alberta in 1994.

Erin Andrews

Mrs. Andrews has been with FMPSD for the past seven years. She is a Physical Education Specialist at Christina Gordon Public School, and has been the Division’s APPLE Schools Health Mentor for schools. Mrs. Andrews has been heavily involved in extracurricular programs. She is a member of the Aspiring Leaders group, and has recently completed her Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership (Physical and Health Education Cohort) from St. Francis Xavier University. 

Bernice Howden

Mrs. Howden is a newcomer to FMPSD, but not Fort McMurray. She is moving from Calgary where she taught Learning Support with Rocky View School District since 2016. Her career started in 2002 in Grande Prairie where she took on many roles in Learning Support until moving to Fort McMurray in 2012. Mrs. Howden has been involved with numerous leadership teams and committees at the district and provincial level throughout her career.  She is an experienced literacy and inclusive education coach with a strong background in First Nation, Metis and Inuit education.

“We have a strong team in place as we navigate what may be an unusual 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations to all these seasoned leaders. We know they will continue to strengthen FMPSD’s leaders’ group, and their new school communities,” said Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD.

Congratulations everyone!

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager          

Fort McMurray Public School Division