Patricia Preston will replace Susan LaRosa who is retiring after 15 years as director of education on 1 January 2013

New director appointed for York board

  • December 5, 2012

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, the York Catholic District School Board will celebrate both the new year and the beginning of Patricia Preston’s reign as director of education.

On Nov. 28 it was announced that Preston will replace Susan LaRosa, the current director of education, who is retiring after 15 years. This appointment was made by the board of trustees after final discussions during a special board meeting Nov. 26

“We are extremely pleased with the appointment of Ms. Preston as our next director of education,” said Elizabeth Crowe, board chair. “She is an outstanding educator who believes in and is a strong supporter of her colleagues.”

“I am honoured to have been appointed as the director of education,” said Preston.

Preston began her career with the York Catholic board as a teacher at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Elementary School 29 years ago. Eventually she moved up through the ranks to become an elementary level principal at both St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School and St. Michael Catholic Academy.

In 2007 Preston moved from the classroom to the board offices taking on leadership positions including executive superintendent, superintendent of curriculum and assessment and superintendent of schools. Most recently she has served as the board’s associate director of leading learning.

Outside of the school board the graduate from both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa is a member of the Teacher Education Advisory Committee for Niagara University and a board member of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.

“Ms. Preston is an experienced, confident educator whose strategic leadership will continue to guide our innovative system,” said Crowe.

Preston said she will do this by maintaining strong working relationships with trustees, staff, parents, parishes and community partners.

The York board has 103 schools with more than 55,000 students.

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