The Avon Maitland District School Board announced today that Stratford native Jane Morris will be the new Superintendent of Education responsible for Program. Jane will begin her new job on September 1, 2013 stepping into the shoes of Kim Black. Superintendent Black has been seconded by the Ministry of Education to take on a leadership role helping other school enhance their improvement planning.
Ms. Black’s secondment could last for up to 3 years. Black was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and is a graduate of Goderich District Collegiate Institute in Goderich, Ontario. Ms. Black began teaching with the former Perth County Board of Education in 1989, and later became a vice-principal, principal, then a system principal. She was appointed Superintendent of Curriculum in January 2010.
Jane Morris was born and raised in Stratford, was a graduate of Stratford Central Secondary School and attended the University of Toronto, York University and Western University in London. Her first teaching job took her to Barrie where she taught elementary and French Immersion for 10 years. Jane is bilingual and developed her French skills as a teenager when the family moved to France.
After her time with the Simcoe County School Board, Jane, her husband Jeff and their two children returned to Stratford where Jane joined the Avon Maitland District School Board as an English teacher at Stratford Northwestern. She then moved on to King Lear Senior Public School to teach core French and in just her second year there she was appointed Vice-Principal. Then a big change came to the City of Stratford when the grade 7 & 8 students were moved into the high schools and Jane became Vice-Principal at St. Marys DCVI. That was followed by a four year stint as Principal of Arthur Meighen Public School in St. Marys until its closure to make way for Little Falls Public School. Jane then moved to become the grade 7-8 Administrator at Northwestern where she stayed for two years before heading to the Education Centre to become a System Principal for School Effectiveness, then System Principal for Program and now in her new role of Superintendent of Program.
Jane says she understands that in her role as a Superintendent she must support the teachers and the school administrators. She says the structures that have developed in education over the last number of years such as collaborative inquiry have helped teachers to help students become better learners. She says there is an increased awareness of how students learn. She is also a big supporter of using the latest technologies to support learning, given that all students today are digital natives.