Melissa Purcell is the ATA's newest executive staff officer. She joined the Professional Development program area on Jan. 1.
Provincial Executive Council has appointed Melissa Purcell to the position of executive staff officer in the Professional Development program area.
Purcell has experience teaching in Alberta band, charter and public schools. At the district level with Edmonton Public Schools she held the positions of teacher consultant, program co-ordinator and supervisor of First Nations, Métis and Inuit education.
A graduate of Concordia University of Edmonton, Purcell has demonstrated commitment to supporting and building the capacity of her fellow teachers in the areas of First Nations, Métis and Inuit language, culture and education. In addition to her valuable learned and lived experiences, Purcell brings to the Association proficiency in collaborating with education partners to develop culturally responsible resources and practices.
Purcell’s appointment was effective Jan. 1.
The Professional Development program area helps teachers to establish and maintain high standards of individual and collective practice. It is responsible for the Teacher Qualifications Service, teachers’ conventions and specialist councils.