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PD staff officer takes on new role

October 12, 2021 Kim Clement, ATA News Staff


Veteran staff officer Nancy Luyckfassel has taken on the newly created role of associate co-ordinator in the ATA’s Professional Development program area. She assumed the role on Oct. 1.

Nancy Luyckfassel, PD associate  co-ordinator


Luyckfassel joined the Alberta Teachers’ Association as a Professional Development staff officer in 2016 and has focused much of her attention on improving the work and effectiveness of the ATA’s PD Instructors and Administrator Instructor Corps, in addition to undertaking other assignments related to Curriculum Committee, the Beginning Teachers’ Conference and Ever Active Schools. 

Prior to joining the Association, Luyckfassel worked as a teacher and school leader in Elk Island Schools and, prior to that, taught with Rocky View Schools.

“The work I most look forward to is connecting with members, through committees, locals, specialist councils and the instructors’ corps, to name just a few,” Luyckfassel said. 

ATA executive secretary Dennis Theobald said that Luyckfassel has demonstrated a commitment to fostering positive, supportive relationships with her colleagues.

“Her personal integrity and her commitment to improving service to members were all commented upon as Council arrived at the decision to appoint her to this newly established designation,” he said.

In addition to her bachelor of education, Luyckfassel attained a master of education degree in secondary education, focusing on second language instruction, in-school counselling and teacher wellness. During a recent sabbatical, she completed a certificate in adult and continuing education from the University of Victoria.

Although she is excited about her new role, there are some challenges ahead, including the government’s draft K–6 curriculum. 

“The proposed K–6 draft curriculum is a serious concern for me and will be a focus of my work in this role,” Luyckfassel said. ❚

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