Following a career in public education that has spanned more than 30 years, York Region District School Board (YRDSB) Director of Education Louise Sirisko will retire upon the conclusion of her contract.
Since taking over the helm of the third-largest school district in Ontario in 2018, she oversaw the creation of the board’s Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy, a first in the province, and also led the board through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sirisko created a Director’s Action Plan with a clear focus on the success of underserved and underperforming students. She earned a reputation for rebuilding relationships with the many diverse communities in York Region, creating or enhancing their participation and support of equitable outcomes and student success.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of the educational community in York Region,” she says. “YRDSB’s commitment to building inclusive, respectful and welcoming learning and working environments that foster student learning, achievement and well-being has been evident. I have been inspired by the passion and dedication of our students, families, staff and community partners.”
Prior to her appointment as Director of Education for YRDSB, Sirisko was director of the Special Education/Success for All Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Education. She began her education career with Peel District School Board in 1990 as an elementary school teacher and held other positions over the years, including vice-principal, principal, superintendent of education and superintendent of special education.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Louise for her leadership and dedication to public education in York Region,” says Chair Allan Tam. “Louise has worked tirelessly on behalf of staff members and families throughout her five-year tenure with our Board. She was appointed as Director with a mandate to improve community relationships and implement the priorities of the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan.”
Sirisko will retire on Jan. 13, 2023.
Photo: YRDSB Director of Education Louise Sirisko will retire in January, 2023.