Meet our Staff
MEET OUR STAFF - SISTER ALPHONSE ACADEMY
We are excited to introduce you to the current staff at Sister Alphonse Academy for our second year!
TEACHER/PEDAGOGY(Instructional Strategies)LEAD - Mr. Sean Brass
The relationships with students and staff are the part of teaching I cherish the most. It is my goal to create a learning environment where students are excited to come to school every day. I love being a part of the Sister Alphonse family. It is so incredible being part of a community that is collaborative and dedicated to twenty-first century learning and teaching. I feel honoured and humbled that I will be a part of creating new traditions that will hopefully become lifelong memories. The journey from blueprints to an innovative, faith-filled school has been very exciting and I cannot wait to write the next chapter with our incredible students, staff and parents!
TEACHER/PEDAGOGY(Instructional Strategies)LEAD - Mrs. Nadine Trenchard
After an exceptional opening year at Sister Alphonse Academy last year, I am looking forward to reconnecting with everyone this fall! Whether its teaching grade 2, 3, helping out in the snack shack or with volleyball, getting kids dirty in our edible school yard, solving inquiry based challenges with students or leading our brand new travel club, I hope to make an positive impact on each each and every SAA family member! I am committed to doing whatever it takes to make SAA feel like home and work hard to help everyone feel successful in their efforts!
TEACHER/RECREATION ACADEMY TEACHER - Mrs. Tina McKinnon
I am super excited to be starting year two at Sister Alphonse Academy! This year I have two groups in my Recreation Academy Program and that means TWICE the fun for me. I can’t wait to lead my students in activities like rope climbing, kayaking, tennis, soccer or biking . Adventure and fun are always part of the recipe on Rec days. I am very passionate about teaching and hope to inspire my students to not only love learning, but love coming to school. Developing relationships is the key to creating a positive learning environment and something I strive to do with as many kids in the building as possible. Especially those junior high students! Although a big chunk of my role at SAA is the Rec Academy, I also have the pleasure of working with students in a variety of other learning environments. I will once again this year be helping with the volleyball and badminton teams, as well as the Fashion Studies’ and Foods’ classes. These areas afford me the opportunity to work with kids exploring what they are passionate about using the gifts that God gave them. I believe there is nothing better than that!
TEACHER and School Chaplain - Mrs. Grace Lobel
Wow! What an an amazing opportunity and gift to be part of a new school. I have been teaching for about 15 years and am so excited about the wonderful things that are unfolding at Sister Alphonse Academy. One of my main goals as a teacher is to build relationships with my students where they enjoy coming to school just as much as I do! I love bringing learning to life and getting students to connect to the world outside our classroom. That means, I am always learning alongside my students. With 21st century learning guiding me, I think about how to get my students to be collaborators, communicators, critical thinkers, and creators through meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Learning is a journey and working together as a team of staff, students, and parents, we will make the best of it. I look forward to meeting many new faces and can’t wait to get started!
TEACHER EARLY CHILDHOOD - Mrs. Kim Shmyr
I am thrilled to have an opportunity to open up a new school at Sister Alphonse. I look forward to meeting all our new families and working together to create a learning environment where each and every child can thrive. As a school community we embrace our 21st century learners and through collaboration and innovation, we put students at the very center of their learning. I have been teaching with Greater St Albert Catholic schools for about 10 years now and have the experience working primarily with children from preschool to grade 6. I graduated with a BEd in Elementary studies and a minor in Spanish as a second language. I am so excited to get the chance to work with our youngest of learners at Sister Alphonse Academy. Learning through play is a crucial part of a child’s social, cognitive, physical, and emotional development. Above all, it is FUN!
MUSIC TEACHER - Mrs. Janice Manderson
I feel so blessed to be a part of the family at Sister Alphonse Academy. I am a lifelong learner and I believe in learning through play. It is very important to me to create a loving and nurturing, faith-based environment where all abilities are welcomed and celebrated. Every child wants to feel special and significant and that is why making strong connections with children and building positive relationships is so important to me. I am not afraid of challenges, hard work or trying new things. I am a very positive person and it gives me great pleasure to see children “shine”. I enjoy challenging children to explore, discover and experience new things so that they grow not only intellectually but spiritually as well. I am very creative, enthusiastic and energetic and it gives me such joy to engage children in learning and trying new things. I absolutely love teaching because I absolutely love children. I look forward to an exciting and awesome journey ahead.
TEACHER - Mrs. Marisol Teixiera
I feel so lucky and fortunate to be part of this new school. After 11 years of teaching for Edmonton Catholic Schools, I have decided to try a new challenge. I have taught French Pre-Kindergarten,
Teacher - Ms. Carol Bennett
I am so excited to embark on a new adventure at Sister Alphonse Academy this year! I have been a teacher in GSACRD since 2005, working at ESSMY teaching junior high in a French immersion setting. My passions are Math and Science and I am looking forward to exploring these two subjects with our junior high students. Collaborating, learning, innovating and discovering are building blocks of these two subjects. Together, we will welcome new challenges and explore all of the different facets in these areas. I’m looking forward to meeting new families and students this fall!
School Office Support - Ms. Lorna Bokenfohr
I am thrilled to be part the amazing team at Sister Alphonse Academy. In the beginning of September 2020 I became the School Office Support. Previously, I have been an Educational Assistant since 1998 starting with Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools in 2005. I have had the opportunity to work with students from Pre-K to grade 9. These students have left a special place in my heart and have taught me many things. Some of my favourite school things are learning about new technology, anything math related and helping coach basketball. I look forward to getting to know the students at SAA and having some fun.
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN - Miss Lucienne Gamache
I am quite excited to be a part of the Sister Alphonse Academy team and to begin my second year at SAA in the Greater St. Albert Catholic District. As the school works to best support our 21st century learners, the learning commons will strive to be a community hub where kids are not only free to express themselves, but also foster a love for learning, exploration, and creativity. As a library technician, I cannot wait to not only help students on their faith and learning journeys, but to also share my passion for reading! I look forward to beginning this new school year!
HEAD CUSTODIAN - Mr. Pierre Tremblay GREEN APPLE Building Maintenance and Cleaning Services
Pierre and his team are happy to join the staff at Sister Alphonse Academy. Pierre brings many years of experience to building and cleaning management serving as head custodian in other St. Albert Schools as well as working in cleaning product sales and equipment.
VICE PRINCIPAL - Mrs. Cindy Phillips
I am honoured to be the vice-principal at Sister Alphonse Academy. I have been with GSACRD for 19 years now and have had various experience in both the elementary and junior high world.As a teacher and administrator, I believe in creating an engaging school community that welcomes all; everyone in SAA should feel safe, welcomed and encouraged to work to their potential. Creating a new family of learners in GSACRD and forming a new community of learners in a faith filled setting where everyone is welcomed is very compelling to me.
I truly believe in doing what’s best for kids and know that at SAA there is so much amazing work being done and great opportunities provided to our students on a daily basis. I look forward to building and cultivating great relationships with staff, students and parents alike.I am looking forward to meeting and welcoming new staff students and their families in the months to come!
PRINCIPAL - Mrs. Christine Samson
I am truly blessed to be able to serve as your Principal at Sister Alphonse Academy! With a strong faith and learning tradition, I look forward each day to working with the students, parents and staff at SAA. God has gifted each of us with unique gifts and strengths to use in the world. Through providing an excellent Catholic education, we prepare our students to enter into the world as caring, faith filled disciples of Christ. Take care and God bless.