The Northland School Division has hired educators to fill specialized positions.
Michael Maciach has been appointed as Area 3 Pedagogical Supervisor and Michelle Wile has been appointed as Area 1 Assistant Supervisor of Student Services for the 2017-2018 school year.
In addition to the new staff, Indigenous language instructors from Northland School Division are going to summer school thanks to an Alberta Education bursary.
Michael Maciach – Area 3 Pedagogical Supervisor
Maciach has been educating elementary students for 11 years and Wile has been an educator for 14 years.
As Area 3 Pedagogical Supervisor, Maciach will work directly with the Athabasca Delta Community School in Fort Chipewyan, Anzac Community School, Bill Woodward School in Anzac, Conklin Community School, Elizabeth School on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement, Father R. Perin School in Janvier), Fort McKay School and J.F. Dion School on the Fishing Lake Métis Settlement) .
“I would like the opportunity to make further contributions towards Northland School Division’s improvement in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and attendance as a Pedagogical Supervisor,” said Maciach. “I have been a strong advocate for Indigenous students and have strived to include First Nations and Métis perspectives in all classroom activities I have facilitated.”
Maciach earned a Bachelor of Education with Distinction at the University of Alberta, while minoring in special education.
During his time at U of A, he also mentored future educators.
In 2013, he was named a semi-finalist for the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award.
Michelle Wile – Area 1 Assistant Supervisor of Student Services
As Area 1 Assistant Supervisor of Student Services, Michelle will assist educators with individualized programs for students, differentiated instruction and creating inclusive learning experiences that ensure all students are successful.
Area 1 includes Paddle Prairie School, Dr. Mary Jackson School in Keg River, Bishop Routhier School on the Peavine Métis Settlement, Gift Lake School, Hillview School on the East Prairie Métis Settlement, Grouard Northland School, Susa Creek School, Little Buffalo School, Peerless Lake School and Kateri School in Trout Lake.
“Throughout my time at St. Theresa School, I have learned a great deal about the creation and implementation of Individual Program Plans,” said Wile. “In doing so, I have spent time building and fostering relationships with exceptional learners, educational assistants, as well as outside agencies that offer support to students. I am a firm believer of inclusion in the classroom for all learners.”
During Michelle’s time at St. Theresa School, she experienced First Nation, Métis language and culture and learned how to weave the knowledge into the classroom.
She has also taken numerous professional development opportunities to increase her literacy and numeracy abilities.
Helena Welsh – Summer Student at the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute
Helena Welsh from Athabasca Delta Community School in Fort Chipewyan, will be attending the 18th annual Summer School of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute through the University of Alberta July 10-28.
She will be taking courses to gain expertise in areas such as linguistics, endangered language documentation and revitalization, language and literacy learning, second language teaching and curriculum development.
While taking these courses she will be able to earn a university credit.