French Catholic school board announces new superintendent

The French Catholic school board representing Southwestern Ontario has announced its new superintendent of education.

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Nicole Larocque has nearly 25 years of experience in education, all with the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, including more than 15 years as a school leader.

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She will assume her new position April 29, stated a media release this week.

Larocque has been a principal since 2009 and during the years assumed responsibility for a number of projects, including training new teachers and professional development for principals and vice-principals.

She has worked with various stakeholders in the education sector, at both regional and provincial levels, in the development and implementation of numerous initiatives to ensure the best academic performance for students, the release added.

Larocque holds a bachelor of arts degree with a major in French literature and a master of education in teaching and learning, both from the University of Windsor.

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“Nicole Larocque has an excellent pedagogical background, unparalleled leadership skills and a deep conviction in the development and success of every student,” Carolyn Bastien, Providence director of education, said in the release.

“She has also demonstrated excellent skills in supporting the smooth running of the schools. We are confident that Mrs. Larocque will rise to the challenges ahead.”

In her new role, Larocque will oversee the implementation of the kindergarten to Grade 6 pupil success plan, along with school supervision.

Additionally, as a system leader in mathematics, she will be responsible for implementing the action plan for success in mathematics.

The Providence board serves nearly 9,500 students throughout the region across 23 elementary schools and eight secondary schools.

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