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School district hires director of aboriginal education

School District 57 has appointed Pamela Spooner as Director of Aboriginal Education.

Spooner, who holds Masters degrees in Education and First Nations Studies, is moving into the position after serving as Principal of Aboriginal Education in School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) during the 2018-19 school year. Prior to that, she was at Prince George’s Nusdeh Yoh Elementary School – an Aboriginal Choice school – for six years. Spooner’s last four years at Nusdeh Yoh were as Principal.

“Her experience and her knowledge of community in Prince George and the North is extraordinary,” said Rod Allen, Superintendent of Schools for School District No. 57. “We’re so happy to have her back in the SD 57 family.

“She’s a transformational leader who always puts the best interests of students first. She is well-known as a master teacher, having taught senior-level math courses for 13 years.”

Spooner becomes the first Director of Aboriginal Education in School District No. 57.

“This new position demonstrates the importance that the Board places on Aboriginal education, as well as strong and growing relationships with the Indigenous community,” Allen said.

School District No. 57 is situated on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation in Prince George, the McLeod Lake Indian Band in the Mackenzie region and the Simpcw First Nation in Valemount. More than 23 per cent of students in the school district identify as Aboriginal.

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