The Northwest Territories is home to the superintendent of Canadian superintendents.

Shannon Barnett-Aikman apparently made her last year as director of education for the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency (TCSA) count, not to mention the rest of her 17-year career in schools.

On Wednesday the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) awarded Barnett-Aikman its EXL Award as 2019 Canadian Superintendent of the Year.

Pictured with Shannon Barnett-Aikman, Canadian Superintendent of the Year, is Ken Bain, Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) executive director, right, and Kevin Murnaghan of XEROX Canada. photo courtesy of CASSA.

The association is holding its annual conference in British Columbia.

Barnett-Aikman spent two years teaching in London, England before taking a teaching job at the Sahtu Divisional Education Council’s Mackenzie Mountain School in 2002. She was promoted to principal in 2005, spent 2011-12 as the health, wellness and nutrition coordinator for K-12 programs for the GNWT, and 2012 to 2018 as director of education for the TCSA.

She became their chief executive officer last year.

Barnett-Aikman also served in a number of leadership roles in the NWT, including as a member of GNWT committees on student assessment, strengthening teacher instruction and curriculum implementation.

More to come.


Craig Gilbert

Craig is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Ontario, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alberta. He should be at least six feet away from you at all times.

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