District Leadership

IT'S A CHALLENGE providing a comprehensive set of educational programs, facilities and support services to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 across a district as large and diverse as SD73.

The geography of our District provides unique challenges. While the majority of our schools are found in Kamloops, there are small elementary schools in Vavenby, Heffley Creek, Savona, Pinantan, Westwold, Chase, Barriere, Clearwater and Logan Lake.  The District works hard to provide these small rural communities with the same quality of educational programs found in urban centres, as well as to connect  those students and staff to the District's larger educational community.

To do so, we rely on a key team of senior leaders — educational, business and engineering professionals with significant experience and a tremendous body of skills. 

Meet the District's Leadership Team

Alison Sidow — Superintendent
An elementary educator, Alison has been an advocate for families since her first teaching assignment in a small rural school in Northern B.C. As Superintendent she is responsible for all aspects of District operations. She has called Kamloops home since 2006. Prior to joining SD73 Alison was Superintendent of Achievement with the Ministry of Education and Superintendent of Schools for SD74 (Gold Trail). She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational Leadership and Administration, General from SFU and a Bachelor of Education (BEd), Elementary Education and Teaching from UBC.
Kelvin Stretch — Secretary-Treasurer
Shayne Olsen — Assoc. Supt. Human Resources
Bill Hamblett — Asst. Supt Secondary Schools
Rob Schoen — Asst. Supt. Elementary Schools
Trish Smillie — Director of Instruction, Elementary Learning Services
Rick Kienlein — Director of Instruction, Secondary Learning Services
 Lisa Carson — Director of Instruction, Curriculum and Innovation
 Trina Cassidy — Director of Finance
 Art McDonald — Director of Facilities and Maintenance 
 John Cuzzola — Director of Information Technology

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