Meet our Staff
MEET OUR STAFF - SISTER ALPHONSE ACADEMY
We are excited to introduce you to the current opening staff at Sister Alphonse Academy.
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. It truly is a once in a career opportunity to be a part of opening a new school. One of the things that most excites me about Sister Alphonse Academy is being involved with a new 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. From blueprints, to an innovative, faith-filled school that will soon come to life, is something very exciting and I cannot wait for the 2018/2019 school year.
TEACHER/PEDAGOGY(Instructional Strategies)LEAD - Mrs. Nadine Trenchard
I think of myself as a passionate educator and learner. I have been teaching for about 16 years and have loved learning with students from pre-kindergarten to Grade 8. A strong belief of mine is that we are here to love and serve others and thus I treasure the opportunity to build relationships and create an environment where children LOVE to LEARN! We are moving towards an exciting time in education where learning is truly student driven. I am so excited to be part of the first group to establish the legacy of learning and faith that will be found at Sister Alphonse Academy. Our focus on creating life worthy and globally connected learning experiences will surely inspire learning in each and every student! I look forward to meeting everyone and collaborating with our new team of educators!
TEACHER/RECREATION ACADEMY TEACHER - Mrs. Tina McKinnon
My name is Tina McKinnon and I am proud to say that I have been a teacher with the Greater St. Albert Catholic School District since 2001. I graduated from the U of A with a BPE/ED Combined Degree and my experience has been with students at the K-12 level, mostly in the area of physical education. I also have a Minor in Career and Technology Studies:Fashion, Family and Food Studies, so am very passionate about being in these subject areas as well.
Some of my most rewarding teaching experiences have come from my involvement in extracurricular activities with students. It is here that I am able to further connect with kids and I enjoy taking on these active roles. In the past 15 years I have coached the volleyball and cheerleading teams, choreographed the school play, lead a few dance clubs and worked as an intramural coordinator. At Sister Alphonse Academy, I look forward to being a part of the Recreation Academy where I can explore a variety of these activities and take on some new ones, with my students. I am open to working with kids at any grade level and in any subject area. The truth is… I love teaching! I can’t wait to bring my passion to this new school!
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,
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.
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 be able to build positive relationships with the students. Previously, I have worked only in the Elk Island Public School System, so I am eager to begin my first year 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 adventure with everyone in the 2018/19 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 extremely excited to be the Principal at Sister Alphonse Academy. It will be great to welcome new families and get to know your children. I have been blessed to serve students and parents as a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal for the past thirty-three years. I am as excited today about spending time with students as I was when I first started teaching. People often ask me, "What do you think is the most important quality of a school where kids thrive and are engaged?" My answer is always, “The people and culture in the building”. It’s staff, students, parents, parish and community working together to build a safe, caring and engaging culture. What an exciting opportunity to build and shape a new culture, one built on enduring strengths of the past and one that looks forward to the future. Let’s get started!