Lisa Millar has been an educator with the Durham District School Board for twenty-eight years and a Superintendent of Education for nine and a half years.
Previously she held the positions of Teacher, Special Education Facilitator, Vice-principal, Principal, Officer for Uxbridge, Pickering Outdoor Education, English as a Second Language, Supervised Alternative Learning, University and College Instructor and Superintendent of Pickering.
Prior to assuming her new role as Director of Education, she was the Superintendent responsible for Operations, Leadership Development overseeing staffing for the DDSB's 4200 teachers in both elementary and secondary schools. She oversaw the development of re-culturing of leadership for Principals and Vice-Principals in the creation of a new Strategic Plan, Ignite Leadership and the DDSB Succession Planning document.
Millar oversaw the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten, establishing 80 before and after school child care programs, 23 child care centres, 23 parent and family hubs and 38 after school recreation programs. She strongly believes that schools should be integrated hubs providing a variety of services for children and families.
Millar's focus on strategic execution in the implementation of instructional based strategies had a significant impact on improving student achievement and well-being in her Family of Schools.
Millar has written a number of documents and education resources on Inclusion, Curriculum Modification, Progressive Discipline, Character Education and recently the Impact of Poverty on School Success and a Blue Print for Addressing Poverty in Ontario Schools.
In her new role as Director of Education, Millar will focus on working to ensure our students develop global competencies to meet the ever-changing world. In particular, Millar will bring a greater focus on the use of technology to engage DDSB students in learning while continuing the Board's unwavering focus on student achievement and well-being.