School District 73 has found an in-house replacement for its retiring assistant superintendent overseeing elementary schools.
Current director of elementary education and learning services Trish Smille has been appointed to the position and will assume the role effective Jan. 1, 2020.
SD73 superintendent Alison Sidow said Smille holds herself to the highest professional standards and will be a terrific asset to the senior leadership team.
“Trish has proven herself to be an experienced district leader with extensive knowledge in the K-12 education sector and is passionate about supporting staff to deliver exceptional service to our students,” Sidow said.
In her current role, Smille focuses on equity and inclusion in programming and services and felt she could have a greater impact in her new position.
“It’s a no brainer to continue working with such a dedicated group of individuals and work with our school leaders in a more close way,” Smille told KTW.
She will replace current assistant superintendent Rob Schoen, who has held the position since 2015.
Smille said she intends to meet with staff to see what their concerns and needs are in order to enhance school success.
She said she will be working closely with Schoen over the next two months in preparation for the job.
“We’ll have a nice bit of overlap,” Smille said. “I anticipate he’ll have some files to transfer over to me.”
The appointment leaves the Kamloops-Thompson school district in need of a new director to fill Smille’s role, recruitment for which is expected to get underway this week.
Smille first came to SD73 in 2015 as principal of South Sahali elementary before moving into the position of director of student support services, which became the director of elementary education and learning services about a year and a half ago.
She also leads the special education, Aboriginal education, and international education programs in SD73.
Prior to arriving in Kamloops Smille worked for Yukon’s department of education as the director of student support services.
Smille holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.