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News Release: FMPSD ‚ÄčAnnounces Acting Superintendent

News Release: FMPSD ‚ÄčAnnounces Acting Superintendent

(Fort McMurray, AB, October 6, 2021) Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is pleased to announce Annalee Nutter will be Acting Superintendent as of January 1, 2022. Her appointment comes following the resignation of Superintendent Jennifer Turner, who will be leaving FMPSD on December 30, 2021 to join the University of Calgary as Director of the Centre for Wellbeing in Education. 

Ms. Nutter attended Minot State University in North Dakota where she completed her Bachelors in Education with a double major in Speech Pathology and K-8 Teaching. She completed her Masters in Education through the University of Prince Edward Island.

She joined FMPSD in 2002 to teach a combined class of grades one and two at Greely Road School. She has been a Learning Assistance Coordinator, a Vice Principal, and helped open Walter and Gladys Hill Public School (WGH) as Principal in 2014, a position she held for five years. Ms. Nutter has been in her current position as Associate Superintendent, Education & Administration for the last three years. 

“I am very honoured to be named Acting Superintendent and to continue working with the Board while they search for a new Superintendent. This transition will allow the newly elected Board to  establish themselves before they complete a thorough search for a successful candidate,” noted Ms. Nutter.

“As educators we are lifelong learners, and I look forward to this growth opportunity to lead the Division in the direction which we have set through our new Assurance Plan for the 2021-22 school year. Continuing the great work which we have outlined will ensure that all of our students are successful and that we are Doing What’s Best for Kids,” she added. 

Linda Mywaart, Board Chair, FMPSD, congratulated Ms. Nutter. 

"We look forward to working with Ms. Nutter and ask you to join us in congratulations on her new role in FMPSD. Ms. Nutter has demonstrated strong leadership ability since she joined the Division. She is a lifelong learner, growing and expanding her knowledge to ultimately benefit the students. She has served in a variety of roles and has done so with excellence and a proven commitment to the students. She is highly organized and brings a cheerful energy to the many, many hours she dedicates to her work. Her experience in the past few years as a member of the senior leadership team positions her well to assume the role and responsibilities of Acting Superintendent. The Board believes that her presence will provide stability and continuity within FMPSD when Superintendent Turner departs at the end of December.”

“The Board extends deep gratitude to Superintendent Turner for the time she has spent with us. Her outstanding leadership navigated FMPSD through some very challenging events and times. She was solidly focused at all times on serving the students. She did valuable work forming relationships and building capacity in the staff  and the impact of her time with us will be long-lasting. Her wisdom and expertise will be missed, but we wish her good health and success as she moves on to other opportunities,” Chair Mywaart added.

During her tenure at WGH Ms. Nutter forged multiple partnerships for FMPSD such as start a Cricket Club, bring PEAK Cricket to FMPSD, launch a Confucius Classroom, work with the Chinese Canadian Society, and intergenerational programs with Rotary House seniors, programming collaborations with the Multicultural Association and Girls Inc., to name a few. Additionally, under her leadership, the school offered five language programs, which was a first for FMPSD. 

As Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Nutter helped develop partnerships with local Indigenous organizations, and establish the Division’s first ever land-based learning camp. This June FMPSD launched the first Elders’ Council – another initiative she assisted in overseeing.

Ms. Nutter’s new position will be effective until July 31, 2022. 

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Consultant         

Fort McMurray Public School Division




Congratulations Ms. Nutter!