By Spencer Hall, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, RMG

After a ten-month search, School District 57 has appointed a new Superintendent.

The Board of Education announced earlier this month that Jameel Aziz will step into the role on March 25th.

Aziz is currently serving as the Superintendent and CEO of Yellowknife Education District No. 1. He’s previously held other roles in education, such as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for School District 58 in Nicola Similkameen, Principal of Ecole South Sa-Hali Elementary School in Kamloops and Principal of Kamloops Open Online Learning. 

The new Superintendent attended Harvard University in 2013, completing the Instructional Rounds Program after graduating from the University of Victoria with a Masters of Education in 2002.

Aziz said he looks forward to building new, collaborative relationships in his new role.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to work with teachers and staff to ensure we provide an engaging and quality education experience for students and prepare them for the future,” Aziz said.

SD57 Board of Education Chair Craig Brennan expressed his appreciation for Acting Superintendent Pamela Spooner ” who’s been in the role since March 2023.

“The Board is very appreciative and thankful for Pam’s leadership as the Acting Superintendent,” Brennan said.

He added Spooner will continue her role as the District’s Indigenous Assistant Superintendent leading Indigenous education within the District once Aziz starts in March.