The Learning Partnership has recognized our very own, Lynne Charette, Principal of St. Benedict School, as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2019. Lynne is among 30 exceptional Canadian educators who are being celebrated by The Learning Partnership for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.
Lynne began her career as a teacher with the OCSB in 1984. During her 35 years with the OCSB, she has served as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, system special education consultant, vice-principal, and principal. Lynne was selected two years ago to open the OCSB’s new elementary school, St. Benedict. Lynne opened the school as a model that fully embraced deep learning. Her opening inquiry with her staff was “what is the difference that makes the difference for each child”?
Lynne’s willingness to collaborate with her colleagues and share her ideas around change management and transformational practices sets her apart as a leader among leaders. She is able to effectively engage and seek feedback and input from key stakeholders and she takes every opportunity to listen to the feedback and continually improve community engagement. Lynne is highly respected for her contributions to all of her school communities, our school board, and the greater educational community.
Please join me in congratulating Lynne for this well deserved recognition.
“Within all of her roles, Lynne has been a strong, skilled leader who has a tremendous impact on our school communities. She leads by example, demonstrating a willingness to learn, take risks and try new things. She is open to opportunities to explore new pedagogies, as long as they are solidly grounded in research, and are known to improve teaching and increase student achievement.”Denise Andre
The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. The 30 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities. They will be recognized for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals awards gala reception on February 26, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario.
Denise Andre is the Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and was appointed in July 2015. She has been with the Ottawa Catholic School Board for 39 years and has served as a teacher, department head, vice-principal, principal, superintendent, and deputy (associate) director.
Denise holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, and has been married to Bob Thomas for over 32 years.