District Principal - Aboriginal Education - Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte
I am Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte, District Principal of Aboriginal Education, from the Nlklampux Nation of Coldwater Reserve, Merritt BC.
I graduated from the Native Indian Teacher Education with my Bachelor of Education, University of British Columbia.
I taught in Tache, North of Fort St. James for four years, then moved back home to Merritt. I taught eleven years and then became Principal for three years at N’Kwala School with the Upper Nicola Band. I then became District Principal of Aboriginal Education at SD#74, Gold Trail for three years. I moved to Merritt SD#58 as District Principal of Aboriginal Education since April of 2010.
Once I was hired as Principal at N’Kwala school I completed my Masters in Education in Leadership and Administration with Gonzaga University.
We strive for Student success and focus on providing Aboriginal cultural and traditional teachings in the school system.
First Nations Support Worker - Leona Dumont
Leona comes from the Lower Nickola Band, one of the five bands in the Nicola Valley.
Principal- Colleen Mullin
Colleen has been working with youth in a variety of ways since she was 13 years old. She has been a certified teacher since the fall of 1999. She has earned three degrees, including her M.Ed in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. After 12 years of working with secondary programs as a secondary science teacher in Fort Saint James BC, she moved to Merritt in February of 2012. It was here that Colleen reached a turning point in her career when she was introduced to Distributed Learning and Alternative Education by Al MacKay-Smith, the Principal at SCIDES (South Central Interior Distance Education School). Colleen joined SCIDES and the rest of the KLC team in September 2012, passionate about being part of a team that was pioneering new ways of meeting students' needs. In May 2014, she was the successful candidate for Principal of the Kengard Learning Centre.
Colleen continues to live in Merritt with her husband, Shaun, who works at Tolko, and her two young boys who attend Collettville Elementary school. Colleen is passionate about personalized education and meeting students where they are at. She strives to meet as many of the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement and Local Enhancement Agreement goals as possible in every facet of the programs at KLC.
Meet the CLC team here: CLC team link
Meet the SCIDES team here: SCIDES team link