Reorganization within the FMPSD welcomes three new directors

Scott Barr, Cynthia Shelley, and Jen Quigley will all be starting new roles with the FMPSD come the start of the new academic year.

Barr, who will be the new Director of Human Resources and Administration, has been with the FMPSD for over 25 years and is excited about the new challenge.

“I have enjoyed working with the staff and students in the Division and feel the experience gained as a teacher and administrator for ECDP – Grade 12 schools, as well as my time as Acting Director of Education, lend well to supporting FMPSD in this new role,” explained Barr.

“Being surrounded by a strong leadership team at the Division Office has allowed me to continue my growth as a leader and I look forward to that continued journey in this new position. I’m excited to work closely with all stakeholders both in the schools and in the community, as we continue to grow while continuing to embrace Doing What’s Best for Kids.”

Shelley, the new Director of Inclusive Learning, says working with the FMPSD has been an honour over the past 21 years.

“I have had the privilege to fulfill various roles including Teacher, Counsellor, Vice Principal, and Principal. These multiple perspectives have allowed me the opportunity to work with students with diverse needs and backgrounds and I am elated to continue to work with all stakeholders as I transition into the Director of Inclusive Education,” praised Shelley.

“I am tremendously mindful of the essential work that we must continue to do to maintain a highly responsive and dynamic Division. I am proud to be on the Fort McMurray Public Schools team, a jurisdiction that values its families, staff, and community as we partner to create meaningful learning opportunities for all students,” noted Shelley.

Joining the FMPSD in August of 2020, Quigley, who will be the Director of Teaching and Learning, says she’s looking forward to serving and supporting the FMPSD students, staff, parents, and the wider community of Wood Buffalo.

FMPSD Superintendent Annalee Nutter said she felt a reorganization was needed to build a strong leadership team and a succession plan for the future.

“Before Jennifer Turner (former Superintendent) left, the senior leadership created a transition plan. The transition has been ongoing all year long, and members have been strengthening their skills and knowledge for their roles,” said Nutter.

“The reorganization will help our strong core leadership team, and continue to develop other leaders and plans for FMPSD’s future to ensure ongoing quality teaching and learning.”

The new academic year starts on August 29, 2022.

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