Introducing new District Principal of Indigenous Education

Anne TenningHi everyone! My name is Anne Tenning and I am a member of the Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island.

I’m really excited about joining the team in SD83! The North Okanagan has been my home-away-from home for a long time. My twin sister has lived in Vernon for over 20 years. I absolutely love being an educator – as it was a teacher I had in grade 7, Mrs. Clark, who completely changed my life and inspired me to become a teacher myself. Mrs. Clark and I are still dear friends.

In 1993, I became the first member of my family to graduate from high school. I then completed a BA and a BEd at the University of BC, followed by an MA at the University of Victoria in 2010. I have been an educator for 18 years, working as a secondary teacher (science and English), an academic counsellor for Aboriginal students, and as a District Principal of Aboriginal Education – first in SD 67 Okanagan Skaha and then in SD 68 Nanaimo Ladysmith. I am passionate about increasing Indigenous perspectives and understandings in education, particularly the lasting legacy of residential schools. My mother, Elizabeth Tenning, is a survivor of the Kuper Island Indian Residential School.