Acting superintendent chosen for Anglophone West School District

Article Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The District Education Council has named Catherine Blaney acting superintendent for Anglophone West School District. 

Blaney was the successful applicant of a p
rovince-wide competition process. She has been the interim superintendent since mid-July in place of David McTimoney who took a leave from the position. 

“The council is pleased to award the position of acting superintendent, effective immediately, to Catherine Blaney,” said chair Kimberley Douglass.  “We’re very happy to have such a qualified administrator able to step into this position.”
Blaney will be the acting superintendent until August 24, 2018, with the possibility of extension up to August 23, 2019.
“It is a pleasure to be asked to serve as acting superintendent for Anglophone West School District,” said Blaney. “I welcome this new opportunity to serve the district and look forward to working with the district education council, school administrators, teachers, parents and community members as we work together in the best interest of students and learning.”
Blaney began her teaching career in 1990 in the isolated community of Moosonee, Ontario.  For more than six years, she taught elementary grade levels while in this location.  Upon return to New Brunswick, Blaney held a variety of teaching positions in the Oromocto area, including resource teacher, guidance teacher and literacy mentor.  In January 2009, Blaney became principal of Gagetown School, where she remained for two-and-a-half years.  Blaney was the Learning Specialist for Students Services for the former School District 17, in 2011-12. She became Director of Education Support Services (ESS) for the newly amalgamated Anglophone West School District in July 2012.
Blaney graduated with a BA and BEd from St. Thomas University and a MEd from UNB.  She is a certified Level 1 Violent Threat Risk Assessment trainer and has formal training in conflict resolution and mediation. Blaney holds a New Brunswick Principal’s Certificate.
In her term as Director of ESS, Blaney provided leadership in crisis response, mental health and culture change in ASD-W.