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Meet our Team

Each September, we look forward to welcoming our littlest learners and their families to our 6 StrongStart Programs and 28 Elementary Schools.

SD61 educators are committed to embracing every student in a safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environment.  Every day, we endeavour to support and improve each learners’ personal and academic growth.

Name Phone NumberTitle
David Hovis250-475-4179District Principal, Elementary
Jessie Moore250-475-4235District Vice-Principal, K-12, Secondary
Charmaine Shortt250-475-4148District Principal, Early Learning
Breanne Glover250-475-4139District Support Teacher, Literacy
Sean Powell250-475-4156District Principal, Middle
Tanya Clarke250-475-4157District Administrative Assistant, Welcome Centre Referral & Contact

Latest Updates

Core French Project – Intermediate

Are you an intermediate teacher who teaches Core French looking for some new strategies and unit plans based on research? Some BC Core French 5 teachers, with limited French skills,... Read more

Math Learning Ladders

Math Learning Ladders is a K-9 resource developed by the Mission Public School District  to  allow teachers to support the planning and programming for a student, identifying the next step... Read more

Core French 6 project

Are you a Core French teacher and want to learn strategies for teaching beginner’s French in a safe and collaborative learning environment? Following the success of a Vancouver Island Grade... Read more

Ateliers AIM 2022-2023

Ateliers AIM 2022-2023 Le conseil scolaire offre des ateliers AIM pour les enseignant.e.s en immersion en maternelle et première année. Les sessions seront animées par Karen Oraas. Karen est enseignante de... Read more

Literacy Series for Early Career Teachers

Literacy Series for Early Career Teachers An opportunity for teachers in their first 5 years in the classroom. A five part collaborative literacy learning series offered throughout the year. (French & English) Next session... Read more

Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers

Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers (ELCT) The Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers serve 8 schools, providing flexible and responsive literacy support to students and teachers. Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers collaborate with teachers to... Read more

POPEY Opportunities

POPEY’s seventh annual literacy conference. Morning Session: Miriam Trehearne, 9:30 - 11:30 am Afternoon Session: Lori Jamison, 12:30 - 2:30 pm Register HERE  POPEY's online After-School Specials . All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. Wednesday,... Read more

Literacy Sequences with Faye Brownlie

About Faye Brownlie What approaches to teaching and learning best enable us to reach and teach all learners? quality reading and writing instruction assessment for learning and performance-based assessment open-ended teaching... Read more

Tapestry Conference 2022

Cowichan, Greater Victoria, Saanich, and Sooke Teachers' Association Tapestry 2022 South Vancouver Island K-12 Educators Online Conference For more information and registration please visit: tapestry.ourconference.ca ... Read more

Land-Based Resources for Educators

The following resources have been collected and curated by the District Team and in partnership with the Indigenous Education Department in SD61. These resources are designed to support educators as... Read more

Indigenous Pedagogy in the French Classroom

Dear French language teachers and TLs,   The Indigenous Education Department and the Modern Languages Department have been working together to explore how to weave in Indigenous Education in our French Immersion... Read more

Elementary Pro-D January 28

Thank you for joining us! The links to resources and slide decks are listed below: Shane Safir Shane has worked at every level of the education system for over two decades. In 2003,... Read more

Connecting the Dots: Social Emotional Learning in SD61

SD 61 VIDEO: Social Emotional Learning: Connecting the Dots  https://youtu.be/39-V5nJTyw8 This video can be used to initiate conversations, networking and sharing to unpack the “WHY” that drives our teaching of social emotional learning. VIDEO... Read more

Welcoming Conversations

Welcoming New Children and Families  StrongSart Educators and Kindergarten teachers play a vital role in establishing positive connections with children and their families.  Welcoming events and conversations set the tone for a... Read more

Literacy-Numeracy Connection

Greater Victoria SD61 Educator Nikki Lineham explores three picture books while investigating mathematical concepts. 3-5 Series Resources: Session 1: Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! Session1 Recording Session 1 Slide Deck Session 2: The Cookie Fiasco Session... Read more

Re-Imagining Mathematics Education Webinar Series

Connecting Math, Community, and Culture This webinar series invites teachers at all levels to join discussions and sharing for re-imagining mathematics education through culture, community, and teaching for social and ecological... Read more

Literacy Offerings K-5

Literacy Offerings  Register by Monday, October 4, 2021 using the links below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us HERE. Literacy Collaboration Series With Faye Brownlie School collaboration teams will be... Read more

Educating Now

We are pleased to announce the launch of a district site license for Educating Now to support the use of our new math resources. Educating Now is a teaching and... Read more

Early Learning Framework

B.C. has updated the Early Learning Framework (2019) to recognize the new realities of children, families and communities. The new framework was developed in collaboration with early childhood educators, primary... Read more

Decolonizing Libraries Webinars

Greater Victoria School District 61 would like to invite teacher librarians to join in a shared conversation about decolonizing libraries. This webinar is free and primary audience is teacher librarians Our... Read more

Learning for All Podcast

We understand that a child’s learning is not linear or universal, but collective and complex. Our ways of being, our culture, our uniqueness; all of these layers shape how we learn. ... Read more

Building Belonging with Visuals

We are always asking ourselves how we can engage all of our learners. When we offer multiple entry points each learner can find their own pathway into the learning.  In... Read more

Literacy Centre Ideas (K/1 focus)

Our classrooms have diverse needs. By differentiating our instruction we can ensure that all students have access to the same curriculum by providing varied entry points of learning tasks.  Differentiated instruction... Read more

Play Today Handbook

The Play Today B.C. Handbook is a guide to support high quality, play-based learning experiences in the early years, primary grades, and even into the middle years of childhood. The Play... Read more


C'est quoi ONF CAMPUS? CAMPUS de l'Office national du film du Canada  est un service de formation continue pour les enseignants. Il contient un contenu cinématographique et médiatique 100% canadien qui soutient le... Read more

FRIMM: Hybrid Learning Support

This resource page is intended to support parents of children in French Immersion who are currently enrolled in the hybrid learning option.  The curriculum French Immersion students explore is the same... Read more

Remote Home Learning – Elementary

Dear Elementary Families,  This is a difficult time for many families. The most  important thing is to take care of yourself and your family, while not adding more stress as you... Read more

Numeracy Learning Series Sessions – 2018-2019

K-3 Sessions Facilitator: Carole Fullerton Session Resources Carole Fullerton's Website Grade 4 & 5 Sessions Facilitator: Nikki Lineham        Dates: Oct. 10, 2018,  Nov. 7, 2018,  Jan 18, 2019 Session Resources: Session 3, Jan. 18 Slide Deck Session... Read more

Library Digital Resources

All student digital resources are available on our school library websites. Visit your school website and click Library & Resources to find what students have access to in terms of... Read more