The Grand Erie District School Board has appointed Lisa Munro as a superintendent of education effective Aug. 19.
Munro succeeds Dave Abbey, who announced his retirement earlier this year following a 30-year career.
She joins Grand Erie from Thames Valley District School Board where she has been a learning supervisor since 2016. In a news release, the board said Munro has extensive experience as a school administrator and has led initiatives in equity and inclusion, as well as the urban priorities high school initiative.
“Lisa is a highly respected educator with a wide range of experience – from literacy coach to principal and learning supervisor,” said Brenda Blancher, director of education. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and will be a great addition.”
Munro said she looks forward to starting her new job next month.
“In my previous roles, I’ve worked collaboratively with system, school and community stakeholders to create a culture of learning for all,” she said. “I see Grand Erie’s multi-year plan, Success for Every Student, as an extension of this work and I’m honoured to join the team.”
During her time at Thames Valley, Munro worked on a comprehensive plan called Rethink Secondary Learning. The plan re-imagines secondary learning experiences to ensure they are innovative, differentiated, highly-engaging and provide both voice and choice as well as a sense of belonging for all learners, the Grand Erie board said.
Abbey’s first teaching job was in 1988 at Simcoe Composite School. Eight years later, he was promoted to department head of science at Delhi District Secondary School. He had stints in program-support roles for Grand Erie before returning to Simcoe Composite in 2006, this time as the school’s vice-principal.
In 2008, he became principal at Valley Heights Secondary School in Langton. He was promoted to assistant superintendent for the board in 2013, and moved in to his current role as superintendent of education, Brant/Brantford secondary family of schools, in 2015.
“Dave’s been dedicated to his schools and administrators, and also incredibly supportive of the senior administration team,” said Blancher. “I will miss his professionalism, his attention to detail, his sense of humour and general knowledge and experience of all things Grand Erie.”
In his role as superintendent, Abbey was responsible for a number of portfolios including information technology services and the new teacher induction program, supporting the professional learning and mentorship needs of Grand Erie’s newest educators.
Abbey’s wife, Lynn, also a long-serving educator and administrator in Grand Erie, retired June 28.
Grand Erie represents more than 25,000 students in 58 elementary and 14 secondary schools within Brantford and the counties of Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk.