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College of Teachers Announces New Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

August 25 2000

August 25, 2000 (Toronto) The Chair of the Ontario College of Teachers, Donna Marie Kennedy, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Atkinson as new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the College. Atkinson’s appointment comes into effect November 1, 2000.

"Joe Atkinson is an accomplished educator who has been with the College since its beginnings and has in-depth understanding of education issues as well as the College's role in protecting the public interest," said Kennedy. "He also brings to the position a solid background in professional learning program development and delivery, community volunteerism and public office."

Atkinson joined the College in February 1997 as Co-ordinator of Professional Affairs and led the development of the first Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession in Ontario. He was appointed Deputy Registrar in June 1999.

Atkinson went to Lakeshore Teachers’ College where he received the Prince of Wales Prize as the top graduating teacher of 1966. He holds a BA degree from York University and an MEd degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Atkinson began teaching with the Toronto Board of Education in 1966. His early experience included working in inner city junior and intermediate classrooms and in the outdoor education, gifted education and adult education programs of the board. In 1972, he was named Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Curriculum and Program of the board.

In 1974, he joined the professional staff of the Ontario Public School Teachers Federation and was named the federations first Director of the Professional Development Services Department in 1991. Under his leadership, the OPSTF established an international reputation for excellence in the development and delivery of quality professional growth programs. In recognition of his contribution to the professional learning of educators in the province, the Ontario Teachers Federation awarded Atkinson a fellowship in 1992.

"The recognition of the professionalism of Ontario teachers through the establishment of the College was a big step forward for educators in this province," said Atkinson. "It is a great honour to help lead the College at this time. I look forward to working with colleagues here at the College and throughout the teaching profession to continue to build teachers professionalism and public confidence. Under the leadership of the Colleges first Registrar Margaret Wilson, we laid an excellent foundation of trust and respect for open and fair self-regulation of our profession in the public interest. "

"Joe Atkinsons integrity and his commitment to public service and public accountability make him an excellent choice for Registrar. His creativity and energy will be greatly appreciated by teachers, parents and students alike," Margaret Wilson said.

The College is the self-regulating body for the teaching profession in Ontario and membership in the College is a requirement for anyone wishing to teach in a publicly funded school in the province. With more than 178,000 members, the Ontario College of Teachers is the largest professional self-regulating body in Canada.


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