Board of Directors
Carolyn Cory has been an educator for almost 30 years and is currently in her eighth year as a Superintendent of Southwest Horizon School Division. She has worked in a variety of capacities including Student Services/Curriculum Coordinator, Resource Teacher, Guidance Counsellor, Reading Recovery Teacher, and classroom teacher from K-12. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Education as well as a Masters of Education from Brandon University. As a rural educator and resident, Carolyn believes whole-heartedly in the power of collaboration, shared leadership and the strength of rural communities. She highly values the works of mRLC and looks forward to new opportunities. Carolyn's term ends in the spring of 2022.
Lesley Eblie Trudel
Lesley Eblie Trudel has been successfully involved in public education in Manitoba for over thirty years. She has held positions ranging from instructional to administrative, working with diverse populations in both urban and rural settings. Lesley is a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools who recently joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Lesley has a keen interest in organizational learning and systemic change, as it pertains to diverse and inclusive educational communities. Lesley’s term ends in the spring of 2022.
Scott Hill is the Assistant Superintendent of Evergreen School Division. He has previously served in a variety of roles in public education: teaching in the classroom, guidance counseling, consulting, and school administration. Scott holds a Masters Degree in Social Foundations of Education and has a strong belief in democratic renewal as the primary purpose of schooling & education. He values collaboration and inquiry within and beyond our schools, so that our students become able and willing to make the world a better place. Scott’s term ends in the spring of 2023.
Dawn Sutherland is a science educator and researcher at the University of Manitoba. She is currently the Department Head for the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning where she supports faculty in teaching as well as several Masters level programs.
This position has yet to be filled
Mark Rathgeber has been an educator since 2017 and has been an administrator since 2016. He is currently the principal of Roblin Elementary School in Roblin, Manitoba. Mark has experience working in Manitoba schools in rural, urban, and northern settings. He has his Masters in Educational Administration and is committed to working with collaborative Professional Learning Communities to improve instruction and learning. Mark sees great value in the mRLC as he has witnessed first hand the positive impacts its programs have had on teaching and learning. Mark's term ends in the spring of 2024.
Marianne Fenn is the assistant superintendent at Western School Division and also acts as the Division’s student services administrator. She has an over 25 year career in education having worked in Manitoba’s remote North as a teacher and school administrator, with Manitoba Education as a consultant and then as school and now divisional administrator at Western School Division. Marianne has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She has appreciated the role that mRLC has had in supporting rich experiences for educators who have been able to learn together. In rural Manitoba, the opportunity to develop a professionally connected learning community and network, is essential. She looks forward to working together to continue supporting learning and the improvement of learning and wellbeing for our students.
Candy Skyhar is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education (Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy) at Brandon University. She is passionate about teacher education as well as the provision of effective and meaningful teacher professional development, particularly for teachers in rural contexts. As an educator who taught in three different rural Manitoba communities over her 20-year teaching career, Candy both advocated for equity for rural teachers, and worked towards the improvement of professional development opportunities available to educators. Her Ph.D. research, which built on her previous work as a PD committee chair and part-time Numeracy Coach, examined possibilities for developing contextually responsive PD models that mitigate challenges divisions and teachers face with regards to providing and accessing meaningful PD. In her work at Brandon University, Candy teaches courses focused on teacher identity, instructional methods, and mathematics education. Candy's term ends in the spring of 2022.