Christian Michalik is the Superintendent of the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD), a Division encompassing 40 schools with over 15,500 students in the south-east quadrant of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Prior to his recent assignment, Christian served as an Assistant Superintendent for the Division (2006–2017), and Director of School & Community Support (2005–2006).
Over the years, Christian has worked as a teacher in French Immersion schools and has advocated for the French Immersion program and French instruction in English Schools. More recently, he has championed a journey of truth, reconciliation and the integration of Indigenous cultures in schools. He has also shared leadership responsibilities for Instructional Supports and Information Services in LRSD.
Christian believes relationship is at the heart of learning and collaboration at the heart of leadership. He believes that building trust, promoting diversity, nurturing inclusion and championing equity are key values that a leader must always promote and nurture. Shared decision-making, building a collective vision and purpose, and finding common ground with all members of the learning community helps to facilitate positive change. In terms of his educational philosophy, Christian believes students learn best and teachers improve their professional practice when they actively and collaboratively engage in the learning process. He believes parents and the community are partners in education, and students and teachers alike thrive in an environment characterized by security, caring, belonging and respect. He also believes that teachers must learn together, inquire together and solve problems together to realize their full potential as educators.
Christian started his career in September 1989 as a Middle Years Teacher at École Golden Gate School (now Golden Gate Middle School) in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division in western Winnipeg, Manitoba. From 1999 to 2005, Christian was the Principal of Collège Jeanne-Sauvé. Christian is the proud father of two daughters, Émilie and Camille. Christian is a life-long resident of LRSD. He shares a home in Norwood with his daughters and their Springer Spaniel, Sammy.
Pictured below: Michalik at public budget consultation meeting in October 2018.