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HSCDSB Appoints New Superintendent

Jim Fitzpatrick for local2 sault ste. marie
June 13th, 2013 at 2:52pm



CATHOLIC SCHOOL LOGOThe Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) is pleased to announce the addition of Rose Burton Spohn as Superintendent of Education. Burton Spohn will take over from Superintendent Toni Nanne-Little who retires at the end of August.


Burton Spohn joins the Board after serving eight years as an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education. She spent the last five years leading province-wide initiatives which have focused on the expanding use of technology in schools. Burton Spohn was leader of the province-wide implementation of blended learning which uses technology to enhance literacy and numeracy skills at all grade levels.



A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Burton Spohn began her career as a secondary school teacher in 1991 with the London Catholic District School Board. She moved on to the role of counselor before joining the Ministry of Education in 2005. In 2012 she completed her Doctorate of Education studies at the University of Calgary, the same institution from which she received her Masters of Education in 2005.



“Rose is going to be a tremendous addition to our Board. Her intimate knowledge of the curriculum and expertise in the implementation of technology in the classroom fits perfectly with our strategic goals,” said Director of Education John Stadynk.

“Rose is also very familiar with, and a strong supporter of, Catholic education. She has been an active participant in her faith and the greater Catholic community wherever she has lived.”


“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board. In my previous contact with Board staff I have noted their enthusiasm in taking on challenges to enhance the student learning experience. I am excited to be joining a school board that is actively embracing new initiatives that focus on improving student achievement,” said Burton Spohn.

Burton Spohn will officially take on her new role at the end of August as the retiring Toni Nanne-Little steps aside.


Nanne-Little is wrapping up a distinguished thirty-three year career in education which began in 1980 in Sault Ste. Marie. In 1981 she began teaching full-time at the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Elementary School. In 1989 she received her first Vice-Principal appointment and in 1994 she was named Principal at Holy Angels elementary. For the next fifteen years she held similar positions at various schools in Sault Ste. Marie and also held the roles of System Principal and Leader of School Effectiveness. In 2009 Nanne-Little joined the Board’s Administration Team as Superintendent of Education.


“It has been a privilege to have worked with so many wonderful children, parents and staff during my thirty-three years with this Board. We truly have much to celebrate as a Catholic school system,” said Nanne-Little.


“Toni will be greatly missed, but we respect her decision to move on to the next stage of her life journey. I can say it was my pleasure working alongside Toni for the past five years. She put everything she had into strengthening our Board and was a true proponent of Catholic Education. Toni has been an inspiring leader,” said Director of Education Stadnyk.



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