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School Support / Special Education Services

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We will be an accessible support to our schools, staff, and students through an evidence-informed, capacity-building approach which fosters learning and promotes alignment with the Ministry, Board, and Schools.

Meet the School Support Services

  Char Bliss
  Principal of School Support Services / Special Education Administrator

  807-274-9855 ext. 5015
  •  Manage and support School Support Services Department
  • System leadership for all Special Education Services and Supports
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  Kim Kirk
  Indigenous Education Leader
  807-274-9855 ext. 5018

  •  Support staff in their desire to understand and implement Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum
  •  Develop relevant instructional materials designed to reflect Indigenous world views and perspectives for all learners
  •  Consult and liaise with local Indigenous communities
  •  Lead the implementation of action plans to ensure voices, experiences, and cultures are represented

Kim Kirk

  Jason Jones
  Ojibwe Language Coordinator

  807-274-9855 ext. 5017
 Jason Jones

  Shannon Westover
  Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact (TELTc) / Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
  807-274-9855 ext. 5022
  •  Supports teachers in the transition from traditional to blended / remote learning
  •  Assists teachers in embedding technology into their classrooms to enhance the student learning experience
  •  Provides training to teachers to use parent engagement tools (Eg. Edsby, Seesaw, Google Classroom)
  •  Notifies and assists secondary teachers when new Ministry curriculum is released
 Shannon Westover

  Tanya Kroocmo
  Elementary Numeracy Coordinator
  807-274-9855 ext. 5007
  •  Provides students and educators with support, tools, and resources needed to advance student learning and confidence
  •  Utilizes and promote research-based best practices to help schools increase the performance of all students, including   
      those with special education needs and students facing systemic barriers in their math learning
  •  Supports the effective implementation of the elementary numeracy curriculum
  •  Builds awareness for parents to what their children are learning in school
Tanya Kroocmo

  Robroy Donaldson
  Experiential Learning / OYAP Coordinator
  807-274-9855 ext. 5011
  The Coordinator of OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) and Experiential Learning,   
  works with schools and community partners to facilitate a number of programs where students    
  explore pathways in apprenticeship, post-secondary education, the workplace, and community   
  living. By participating in programs and initiatives such as Cooperative Education, Dual Credits,   
  Specialist High Skills Majors, OYAP, Skills Ontario Competitions, and career exploration through   
  class visits and field trips, RRDSB students are gaining experiences and certifications to explore   
  and plan pathways through K-12 to post-secondary settings.

 Robroy Donaldson

  Alison Simpson
  Reading Recovery Teacher Leader / K-3 Literacy Coordinator
  807-274-9855 ext. 5006
   •  Oversees the implementation of Reading Recovery for the Board, including providing Professional Development for
       teachers, collecting and analyzing data
   •  The K-3 Curriculum Coach supports teachers with literacy programming through co-planning, assessing & co-teaching.
 Alison Simpson

  Lynne Avis
  Literacy and Strategic Intervention Coordinator
  807-274-9855 ext. 5008
 •  Through collaborative support in assessing, co-planning and co-teaching, the goal is to reinforce what students know
      and are learning as well as to close any gaps that there might be.
  •  Using research based, best practices, students and educators are provided with ideas, support, resources and tools to
      promote student learning. 
  •  Lessons which focus on personal learning goals are planned and implemented collaboratively.  Each lesson provides
      equitable instruction for ALL students.
  •  Support is provided for teachers and students for virtual/remote learning. 

  Marlon Douglas
  Techways Coordinator
  807-274-9855 ext. 5020
  •  Works collaboratively with classroom teachers and intermediate students to provide students with hands-on learning
      experience through a variety of design and build activities, which includes basic mechanical, carpentry and science and
  •  Provides a bridge for intermediate students in making a successful transition into high school and in career and 
      pathways planning.
 Marlon Douglas

  Tracey Idle
  Mental Health Leader
  807-274-9855 ext. 4992
   • Creates and implements the Board's mental health strategy and action plan
   • Works as part of the provincial community of practice with School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) 
   • Provides education and support to staff, students, and parents
   • Collaborates with community partners to engage in activities
 Tracey Idle

  Lonna Oster
  Speech Language Program Coordinator
  807-274-9855 ext. 5016
  •  Provides Speech, Language, and Literacy assessments, screening and programming for students in JK-Grade 12.    
  •  Works with parents, educators and other school personnel to help support students communication needs at home and
      in the classroom. 
  •  Supervise and oversee the implementation of speech language programming provided by the communication
      assistants in each school. 

 Lonna Oster

  Alexis Saltmarsh
  Behavioural Therapist
  807-274-9855 ext. 5004
 Alexis Saltmarsh

  Ruth Haney
  Behavioural Therapist
  807-482-2271 (Donald Young School) 
 Ruth Haney

  Marlee Zappitelli
  Autism Support Worker
 Marlee Zappitelli

  Sherrie Mullner
  Autism Support Worker
  807-597-6640 (North Star School)
 Sherrie Mullner


  Stephanie Black
  Autism Support Worker

  Kellie Whalen
  Attendance Counsellor
  807-274-7747 ext. 262 (Fort Frances High School)
Kellie Whalen


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