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Anelia is the co-chair of the Near North District School Board Parent Involvement Committee, school council chair at Parry Sound High School and a school council member at the elementary school. The mother of four children, Anelia has been actively involved at her Board, attending board and committee meetings, giving parent input on current Education issues. Anelia is a member of the People for Education Network, and you’ll often find her giving a warm welcome to new community members. Follow her on Twitter at @aneliacoppes.
Annie is the Executive Director of People for Education. The mother of two daughters, Annie has worked for the last 16 years to keep public education in the public eye. She attended 12 schools between kindergarten and grade 12, which may have been how she acquired her passion for public education. Annie is the recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy work. She has spoken at conferences across the country and is regularly quoted in the media as an expert on education issues. Follow her on Twitter at @anniekidder.
Our northernmost moderator, Sheila is a member of the People for Education Network. She is a mother of two daughters and works on call as an ESL teacher supporting adult newcomers. Sheila is committed to connecting and collaborating with all education stakeholders in support of student learning. Sheila enjoys connecting other parents and educators in conversations, and can regularly be found tweeting education gems from different corners of the world. Follow her on Twitter at @sheilaspeaking.
Jacqui is the Engagement Director at People for Education. She loves to connect with parents, community groups, and anyone who shares her passion for public education. At P4E, she helps to develop parent tip sheets, coordinates the People for Education Network, provides parent support, and runs workshops to help engage parents in their children’s education. Follow her on Twitter at @jacquistrachan.