Meet The Team

Lisa Davis

Co-Founder

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 Bieber

Co-Founder

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 Higgins

Superintendent

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".

Kerry Blum

Principal - Junior high & high school

Kerry Blum joins our team as the principal of STEM Innovation Academy with over 23 years’ experience as a junior and senior high educator and leader.  

Kerry received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta where she majored in Biological Sciences. She began her career with the Calgary Board of Education teaching junior high Math and Science. After 10 years teaching junior high, she moved into high school where she taught Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics and Physical Education. She continued her education at the University of Calgary where she received a Master of Education in Leadership and Child & Adolescent Mental Health.  

Kerry’s most recent senior leadership experience includes Assistant Principal at a large, public Calgary high school focused on excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics.  
Kerry and her husband Michael have three daughters in university, high school, and junior high. When not coaching or watching her daughters play sports, she enjoys golf, fitness, and outdoor adventures in our beautiful province.  

“As an educational leader, all of my decisions lie behind my core belief that all students can find success daily. I am excited to work together with our team of teachers as we meet our future students and watch them grow and develop into curious, passionate, and innovative citizens.  I am honored to have this opportunity to lead STEM Innovation Academy into the future." 

Denzil Mackrory

STEM Learning Leader

Denzil Mackrory joins STEM Innovation Academy as the STEM Learning Leader. He has received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, Masters of Science from the Open University in England and a certificate in STEM Leadership from Columbia University.

Denzil has spent his career teaching in the International school circuit. Most recently he taught at the International School of Kenya where he developed and implemented the STEM curriculum. In developing curriculum, he aims to integrate the STEM disciplines by engaging students in authentic, real world learning activities that address issues of global significance.

Whilst it is imperative to produce global minded citizens, it is equally important for students to be connected to their local communities. He believes that the school is the starting point for learning and that it must be taken beyond the walls of the school by forging learning partnerships with the local community.

He strongly believes that learning must not only be fun but also rigorous. The real joy of learning comes from the feeling of success and accomplishment when overcoming a challenge. Denzil prides himself in developing a differentiated curriculum that allows students of varying abilities to be appropriately challenged to experience success in learning.

Denzil is also deeply connected to nature. Being new to Alberta he spends his free time exploring, travelling and camping in his rooftop tent. He is a wildlife photographer, mountain biker and keen fisherman who loves spending time outdoors with his friends and family. Life is about balance, knowing when to pick up the phone and when to turn it off.