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Joanne Robinson, Director of Professional Learning: Biography

Joanne has been an educator since 1972, was a Principal with the Thames Valley District School Board and served in many capacities during that time.


Her involvement with the OPC began in 1998 when she was a member of the Interim Council that developed the organization. Most of her work was originally with the professional affairs committee on the Founding Council.  Joanne served as the President of the OPC from July 1999 to June 2000.  She returned to the OPC in 2001 to continue her work designing, developing and implementing the Principals’ Qualification Program and Supervisory Officers Qualification Program.


Joanne has been committed to exemplary professional learning for principals since her term as President.  She continues to spend much of her time working with principals and vice-principals to develop workshops, courses, online learning programs and opportunities for school leaders to develop the skills, expertise and experiences needed in this new environment.  She is passionate about mentoring and coaching and the powerful vehicle it can be for supporting education leaders. 


In 2010, she completed her Doctorate of Education Leadership.


The mother of two and grandmother of seven, Joanne’s interest in, and commitment to, public education in Ontario is both personal and professional.