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!
Teacher - Mrs. Marianna Kowal
My name is Marianna Kowal and I am so delighted to be joining the SAA family. My family has recently moved to Sherwood Park from Lacombe. I have been married for 17 years and have two wonderful children, my son is a hockey goalie and my daughter dances. In the summer our family enjoys traveling to new and different countries. This is my fourth year of teaching and I’m so excited to get to know your children.
EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT - Mrs. Jennie Kovacevic
I am truly blessed and grateful to go to work with such an amazing staff and student group at Sister Alphonse Academy. I started volunteering in a school setting in 2008 and loved it from the first day. The following school year I was offered a position in a kindergarten class as a teaching assistant and have worked with the Wetaskiwin and Beaumont school districts since. I’ve had wonderful opportunities to work alongside, OTs, SLPs, behavior specialists and teachers to plan and implement for the success of individual students. This journey has always challenged me in a positive way and prompted me to complete the SLPA and OTA programs through Medicine Hat College. This will, and already has, benefited me greatly in my current position. I hope to continue helping children learn and grow along side our wonderful teachers and staff at Sister Alphonse Academy.
EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT - Ms. Lorna Bokenfohr
I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at Sister Alphonse Academy. 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.
SCHOOL OFFICE SUPPORT II – Mrs. Suzanne Despins
I am very excited and honored to be part of the brand-new Sister Alphonse Academy! I look forward to getting to know all the students and the families of the school community. For the past nine years I have worked in the GSACRD Division as a school secretary at St. Albert High and for the last 7 years have been at Vincent J. Maloney. It’s going to be a very exciting 2018/19 school year!
School Office Support I - Mrs. Marie-Claude Morin
I feel blessed and honoured that I will be a part of the Sister Alphonse Academy family. It is such a rare opportunity to be working in a brand-new school! I am very fortunate to start a new journey with a team who shares my passion and commitment. I have over 15 years of experience working with children and their families. I have worked in schools in Alberta, British Columbia and Northern Africa as secretary, teacher’s aide, special needs educational assistant and after school homework supervisor. Prior to my experience in the school system, I was an instructor with the cadet’s organization in Quebec for 9 years. I am looking forward to starting the 2018/19 school year and welcome all the students and the families of the school community.
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. Lisa Kleparchuk
I am honoured to be appointed the Vice Principal of Sister Alphonse Academy and be part of the first administration team that will welcome staff, students and their families to our academy. I have been teaching for 20 years and had the opportunity to begin my journey as an administrator at École Notre Dame 4 years ago. I was previously teaching at Vital Grandin for 12 years as a Preschool Teacher and Learning Support Facilitator. Three years ago, I was asked to be on the committee for the design process for SAA. I am thrilled to see the dreams, plans and architectural designs become a reality. To honor the legacy of excellence from our Founders, the Sister of Charity and our school namesake, Sister Alphonse. Our school has been intentionally called an Academy as it will offer unique programming. As a mother of two teenage boys who embrace being active, I’m excited that our school will offer a Recreation Academy in grades 4 to 9. This programming is growing in popularity in our communities as families seek to diversify the physical abilities of their children. Our school location is conveniently located to outdoor facilities that will allow us to enjoy a range of cool/fun activities. 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 am looking forward to meeting and welcoming new staff students and their families in the months to come!
PRINCIPAL - Mr. Greg Lamer
I am honored and grateful to be able to serve the students, parents and staff of Sister Alphonse Academy as Principal. Wow, a year has flown by since we opened Sister Alphonse Academy in September of 2018! I can truly say that with the support of all our stakeholders (students, parents, staff, community members) we worked together to build a safe, engaging, faith filled culture at SAA. As we reflect upon year one we are proud of the academic and satisfaction results we have achieved in just one year. To our returning families welcome back! To our new new students and families welcome to SAA . We know that you will be a part of helping us continue to build a culture that is welcoming, engaging and faith filled. Pick up a staff and help to be a Shepherd that guides the flock to discover the gifts that God has provided each one of us so that we can live fully and serve one another.