Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) teacher Nicole van Woudenberg was recently elected as Ontario College of Teachers council chair.
A teacher since 1998, most recently at SMCDSB, she held the position of special education coordinator, supporting and promoting inclusive education for all board students. She is also dedicated to working with students and colleagues on a variety of social-justice initiatives.
“I can’t think of a better person to represent the Ontario College of Teachers in this important role,” said Carol Corriveau-Truchon, SMCDSB chair. “Nicole is a consummate professional who represents the teaching vocation with integrity, compassion and dedication. I know she will make our board incredibly proud as she fulfils the duties of this role.”
Van Woudenberg will remain in the position for a three-year term and return to the local board in September 2021. In her role as chair of the eighth college council, she will play a significant role in regulating the teaching profession and fulfilling the legislated mandate of the Ontario College of Teachers.
“As I embark on this new leadership opportunity, I look fondly on my collegial relationships with my Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board family,” said Van Woudenberg. “I am proud of the dedicated educators who are committed to authentic inclusion to reach every student, especially those with special education needs and I am grateful for the support I have received from my colleagues at the board.”
“This is such a wonderful accomplishment for Nicole and I know she will provide tremendous insight and leadership for the College of Teachers, as well as for the entire teaching profession,” said Brian Beal, board director of education. “As the chair, Nicole has taken on an awesome responsibility in regulating the teaching profession and providing support to more than 265,000 teachers in Ontario. We wish her success and look forward to her return to our board once her term is completed in three years time.”