After 37 years in education, Anna Marie Bitonti, Director of Education for the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC), is retiring next spring.
She was appointed Director of Education in 2002.
“It has been a privilege to witness daily faith in action and an honour to work with NPSC’s team of competent and compassionate educators, support staff, school administrators, system leaders, and parents,” says Bitonti. “With the dedication of this outstanding and innovative board-wide team, and the ongoing future-focused leadership of our Board of Trustees and Senior Administrators, NPSC is well poised to continue to influence and shape the future of Catholic education in our district and our province.”
A release from the board says during her tenure, NPSC experienced the expansion of programming and services, the enhancement and modernizing of school facilities, a culture of ongoing professional learning and development, and the establishment of valued community partnerships.
During her career, Bitonti has served as Chair of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), Chair of the English Catholic Council of Ontario Directors of Education (ECCODE), as well as various regional, provincial and Ministry advisory committees.
“Anna Marie Bitonti leaves the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board with an impeccable record of service as an educator, Senior Administrator and Director of Education,” says Leo de Jourdan, Board Chair. “Her dedication to Catholic education, over many years, is well known throughout the province and her reputation as a strong leader who has consistently exercised clear vision and sound judgement is highly respected in all North Bay and district schools and Board offices. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Anna Marie for her many years of dedication and we congratulate her as she completes a highly successful career. We extend our best wishes for good health and happiness in her retirement years.”
The board says the recruitment process is getting started with Bitonti’s last day to be finalized once a selection has been made, to ensure a smooth transition.