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Sean Monteith announced as new director of education

Sean Monteith
Congratulations to Sean Monteith, the new Director of Education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, effective August 15, 2019.

July 15, 2019—Sean Monteith, an innovative and respected leader in public education will be the new director of education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, effective August 15, 2019.

Monteith takes over from Mandy Savery-Whiteway who announced her retirement in January. The Board of Trustees announced Monteith’s appointment at a special Board meeting today.

“Sean is an experienced, collaborative leader and educator. He has a strong understanding of issues that are important to everyone at HPEDSB, including student achievement and well-being, equity and inclusivity, Indigenous education and organizational effectiveness. His commitment to open communication, collaborative teamwork, trust and respect align with the Board’s vision to empower all students for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. As a Board, we are looking forward to welcoming Sean as our new director of education,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

As the current director of education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, with head offices in Kenora and Dryden, Monteith is known for his focus on improving student achievement and Indigenous education. He established the Indigenous Graduation Coach Program leading to historic achievements for First Nations youth, and partnerships with numerous tribal councils, First Nations, the Ministry of Education, and treaty areas including the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

“I am thrilled to be coming to the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, bringing my own unique professional and learned experiences to an established dynamic organization. The students, staff, and trustees can be assured they will be the beneficiaries of my dedication and energy to putting young people first, and a relentless commitment to improving outcomes for all students,” said Monteith.

Monteith has a proven track record in his commitment to students, and is known for removing systemic barriers in order to enable all students to have access to equity of opportunity and outcomes.

Prior to becoming director of education for KPDSB in 2013, Monteith was a superintendent of education with responsibilities for Special Education, secondary schools, Student Success, Indigenous Education and Human Resources. His experience as an elementary and secondary school principal, and before that as an elementary and secondary teacher, make him well prepared to lead K-12 public education at HPEDSB.

Monteith’s career highlights include supporting the following student-centred efforts:

Monteith holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Ottawa (BA (Hons), 1993) and Lakehead University (BEd, 1994, MEd 2008),  and is currently pursuing his PhD through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys spending time at his cabin, on the water and close to the land fishing and hunting with his family and friends.

Monteith will be relocating to the area in the coming weeks, and looks forward to enjoying the blended rural and urban nature of the area.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]