Lisa is an experienced senior executive and entrepreneur with a successful track record of delivering results across a variety of organizations. Lisa’s background in commercial real estate and venture capital saw her leading a number of start-ups and major expansions on a national, local, and regional basis. Lisa was previously elected on a platform of change as a trustee of the Calgary Board of Education, one of the largest school boards in Canada with 120,000 students and a $1.4 billion budget. Lisa also founded a highly successful early childhood and recreational program that doubled in size in its first 3 years. The unique community hub model she pioneered was recognized for its innovative programming.
Sarah began her career as a junior high and then high school teacher, where she ran the school's program for students with learning disabilities along with teaching Social Studies and a Career and Technology Studies (CTS) class. Sarah has given many presentations to parent groups over the years on the topic of supporting children with unique learning needs. As a mother of young children Sarah acted as a preschool coordinator and a preschool chairperson. More recently, Sarah completed a Masters of Counselling in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary and she now works as a counsellor, both for an agency and in private practice. Sarah currently serves as spokesperson for the educational advocacy group Kids Come First. She also works with young people as a basketball program coordinator and coach. As a mother of children in high school, junior high, and elementary school, Sarah is very aware of many of the unique learning needs of children and the benefits of programs focused on helping students reach their potential.
Joanne brings a wealth of experience to her role as superintendent of STEM Innovation Academy. With over 30 years experience as an elementary, junior and senior high school educator and leader she continues to demonstrate her love of learning.
Joanne received a Bachelor of Education from University of Alberta where she majored in elementary education. She began her career with Willow Creek School Division teaching elementary. After moving to Calgary she initially taught high school Math before settling into junior high as a Math and Science teacher.
Joanne received a Master of Arts from Gonzaga University specializing in Curriculum and Administration. She held several leadership positions with Calgary Board of Education at both a school and system level. Her most recent leadership experience includes Principal with Foothills School Division where she implemented successful new programs including a STEM residency.
Joanne and her husband Stacy are proud parents to three children who have completed post secondary education. Family is everything. Joanne continues to lead an active lifestyle with her children and friends that includes skiing, golf, and fitness.
"I am very passionate about leadership and learning. I believe there is a leader in us all and our role as educators is to support students to see and promote the leader within themselves. It is an honor and a privilege to join the leadership team at STEM Innovation Academy. Technology is playing an increasingly important role in our ever changing society. Our students are presented with an incredible opportunity to be technology innovators and leaders into their future".