At the January 18 Board Meeting, trustees accepted Michèle Olson's notice of retirement, effective June 30, 2022.
Michèle began her teaching career at École Varennes in 1987 where she taught Kindergarten to Grade 2 for 18 years. She transferred to École Van Belleghem in 2005, serving first as classroom teacher for 2 years, then as vice-principal/teacher for 3 years, and finally as Principal for 9 years. Since 2019, she has been leading École Provencher as the principal. Each of these school communities have benefited greatly from Michèle's love of children, her well-developed sense of professionalism, and her warm, caring and patient nature.
As she moves into retirement at the end of this school year, Michèle plans to stay connected to students and the LRSD community by volunteering in her two daughters' classrooms, who both teach in the division. She also plans on writing a children's book that she has been dreaming about since her childhood. She doesn't refer to this next stage as retirement, but as more of a reassignment.
The following sentiments—expressed by a parent in a letter to the principal and superintendent back in 1996—are representative of the impact that Michèle has had on children and families over the course of her career:
….Mme Olson taught my son grade 2 in 1995. I could tell early on by his enthusiasm that "something good" was happening at school. This contagious enthusiasm grew into many exciting wonders for my son. He learned not only academically but of family, friendship, security, warmth and independence, all from her. This was all taught in a positive environment. My husband and I will forever be grateful. To know that this teacher touched him early on in his education will never be forgotten. …..Thank you École Varennes for Madam Michèle Olson.
Michèle a été championne du programme d'immersion tout au long de sa carrière. Nous la remercions de son dévouement et de son leadership. Elle a également servi de mentor à d'innombrables collègues au fil des années. Michèle, tu nous manqueras!
We wish you well as you embark on this next chapter of your life.