Director of Education
Ian MacRae graduated from Lakehead University with a Master of Education – Educational Administration in 1991. Ian’s career with the Lakehead District School Board has included roles as a teacher, Department Chair, Vice Principal and Principal. He was most recently the Superintendent of Education.
Superintendent of Education
AJ Keene was appointed to the position of Superintendent of Education on March 20, 2020.
“I’m incredibly proud to be part of this organization – our schools are safe and welcoming environments where our hard-working staff ensure quality programming and experiences,” Says Superintendent AJ Keene. “ I’m excited to work with Senior Administration to continue ensuring success for all of our students.”
Superintendent Keene is a graduate of University of Windsor in 1993 and Lakehead University Faculty of Education in 1994. He earned a Master of Education: Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto in 2006. Superintendent Keene has been an administrator with Lakehead Public Schools for 15 years and his most recent position was as the Early Years and Program Principal.
Superintendent of Education
Hammarskjold High School alumni Michelle Probizanski began her career at Lakehead Public Schools as a teacher in 1998. Over the years she gained significant experience in both the elementary and secondary panels.
“I have been very fortunate to have the unique opportunity to work as an administrator in both the secondary and elementary panel,” says Superintendent Michelle Probizanski. “I will use that knowledge and experience to focus my energies on the Board’s number one priority, student success.”
Superintendent Probizanski is a graduate of Lakehead University in 1997 and earned a Master of Education: Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto in 2004. She has been an administrator with Lakehead Public Schools for 15 years. Superintendent Probizanski was most recently the Principal of Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.
Outside of work, Michelle spends time with her family and enjoys all that Thunder Bay has to offer including boating, skiing, camping and working out.
Superintendent of Business
David Wright plays two very important roles at Lakehead Public Schools. In addition to being the Superintendent of Business, David is also the father of a current and a future Lakehead Public Schools student. He takes both roles very seriously.
“I am a strong believer in the ideal and promise of public education. It truly is an honour to play a part in helping our students succeed,” says Superintendent David Wright. “Sound financial practices allow our Board to provide the very best programs for our students to achieve and to prepare for their future pathway.”
Superintendent Wright is a Chartered Accountant, graduating from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting. In addition to financial accounting experience in the private sector, he was also employed as a Finance Officer with the Ministry of Education. Prior to joining Lakehead Public Schools, Superintendent Wright was the Regional Internal Audit Manager for the eight English school boards in Northwestern Ontario, where he was responsible for making recommendations regarding aspects of school board operations.
“As a Superintendent and as a parent, it is extremely satisfying to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that provides a well-rounded education for students, which includes a strong foundation of academics, coupled with numerous opportunities for extra-curricular activities,” says Wright.
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