After 37 years in education, Anna Marie Bitonti, director of education for the Nipissing-Parry Sound District Catholic School Board (NPSC), will be retiring next spring.
She was appointed Director of Education in 2002.
“It has been a privilege to witness daily faith in action and an honor to work with the team of knowledgeable and compassionate educators, support staff, school administrators, system leaders and parents at NPSC.” , Bitonti said. “With the dedication of this exceptional and innovative board-wide team, and the continued forward-looking leadership of our board and senior directors, the NPSC is well positioned to continue to influence and shape the future of Catholic education in our District and Province. “
A statement from the Board of Directors says that during her tenure, the NPSC has seen the expansion of programs and services, the improvement and modernization of school facilities, a culture of continuous professional learning and development and building valuable community partnerships.
During her career, Bitonti has served as Chair of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), Chair of the English Catholic Council of Ontario Directors of Education (ECCODE), as well as various regional, provincial and ministerial advisory committees.
âAnna Marie Bitonti leaves the Nipissing-Parry Sound District Catholic School Board with an impeccable record of service as an educator, senior administrator and director of education,â said Leo de Jourdan, chair of the board. âHis dedication to Catholic education, over many years, is well known throughout the province and his reputation as a strong leader who has consistently exercised clear vision and sound judgment is highly respected in all schools in North Bay and district and council offices. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank Anna Marie for her many years of dedication and congratulate her as she completes a very successful career. We send him our best wishes for health and happiness during his retirement years. “
The board indicates that the recruitment process begins with the last day of Bitonti which will be finalized once the selection has been made, in order to ensure a smooth transition.