Sherri-Lynne Pharand
Director of Education
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Sherri-Lynne Pharand was appointed to the position of Director of Education at Lakehead District School Board on September 1, 2022. A Sir Winston Churchill C&VI alumna, Sherri-Lynne began her career at Lakehead Public Schools as a teacher in 1990. 

Sherri-Lynne believes that a strong public education system provides equity of opportunity for all students to achieve their goals and follow their dreams.  “I am so proud to work for this Board that puts the achievement of our students first and recognizes the diverse talents and strengths of all staff and students. I appreciate working with this incredible team to support excellence, equity, and innovation.”

Director Pharand is a graduate of the University of Ottawa in 1989 and Lakehead University Faculty of Education in 1990. She earned a Master of Education: Education Administration from Lakehead University in 1998. Director Pharand has been a superintendent with Lakehead Public Schools since 2007 and an administrator with Lakehead Public Schools since 1994. Sherri-Lynne is thrilled to return to Lakehead DSB following 2.5 years as Director of Education with Keewatin-Patricia DSB.

AJ Keene - Superintendent of Educatiaon
AJ Keene
Superintendent of Education
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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.

Michelle Probizanski - Superintendent of Educatiaon
Michelle Probizanski
Superintendent of Education
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Michelle Probizanski was appointed to the position of Superintendent of Education on July 1, 2019. 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.

Kirsti Alaksa - Superintendent of Business
Kirsti Alaksa
Superintendent of Business
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Kirsti Alaksa was appointed the Superintendent of Business in October 2020, following 14 years of serving as Supervisor and Manager of Lakehead Public Schools’ Financial Services. Kirsti has a Bachelor of Administration Degree in Accounting and a Certified Professional Accountant designation. Her extensive knowledge of finances, policies, acts, and bylaws, along with her experience in capital budgets, accounting and management are truly beneficial in guiding the senior team in making high-level decisions.

“It is a pleasure to be able to continue to work alongside the wonderful staff at Lakehead Public Schools. I admire the professionalism of the school board and am inspired to contribute to the remarkable work this school board accomplishes.”

In addition, Kirsti has acquired, through her involvement in Leadership Thunder Bay, a profound understanding of the challenges of the northwestern Ontario region.

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