The Kamloops-Thompson school district continues to hire from within to fill staff vacancies down the chain of command. Vessy Mochikas has been appointed the district’s new director of instruction for elementary education and learning services, replacing Trish Smillie, who has been appointed as the next assistant superintendent of elementary in place of Rob Schoen, who is retiring at the end of December.
Mochikas began her career with the school district in 1999 and serves as district principal of inclusive education.
She will assumes her new duties effective Jan. 1. “I am excited about the direction SD73 is going in pursuing equity and excellence for all learners,” Mochikas said. “I look forward to working with school leaders, professional and support staff to continue providing education that allows all students to thrive.”
Mochikas has experience in elementary, middle and secondary school leadership and has served as a counsellor, learning assistance and resource teacher and physical education teacher.
She obtained the Kamloops-Thomspson Leadership Development Program certificate in 2007, holds a master of educational leadership and administration from Gonzaga University in Washington state and a bachelor of education and arts from York University in Toronto.
“Vessy has proven herself to be an experienced school and district leader with a passion for ensuring equity and inclusion for all learners,” said Trish Smillie, who will also step into her new role on Jan. 1.
The district will now begin recruiting candidates to fill the role of district principal of inclusive education.