A diverse team working with a variety of resources and networks supports the achievement and success of Indigenous students in Grand Erie.
Caption: left to right, Jeannie Martin, Joseph Tice, Stacy Hill, Sabrina Sawyer
Meet the Team
Sabrina Sawyer is a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation, Marten Clan. She is currently the Indigenous Lead-Teacher Consultant for Indigenous Education within Grand Erie, the ETFO provincial representative on the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and Chairperson for the Grand Erie Elementary Teachers’ Federation Local, Indigenous Partnerships Committee.
Stacy Hill is Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Stacy is a qualified PJ/JI teacher who has taught in various programs and settings from Kindergarten to Post Secondary. This is Stacy’s fourth year with the Grand Erie District School Board and she is currently in the role of Native Advisor.
Jeannie Martin has served 13 years in guidance as a Native Education Counsellor, two years as SWAC/Dual Credit/Student Success teacher, and is currently the Indigenous Support & Engagement teacher with Grand Erie's central Student Success Team. She is a proud member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Mohawk Nation, Wolf clan.
Suzie Miller (Elementary Program) is Mohawk Wolf Clan from the Grand River Territory. Suzie has 30 years of experience working within and around the community of Six Nations. With a background in counseling and 16 years as a classroom teacher, Suzie is in her fifth year with Grand Erie District School Board. Suzie shares teachings of Indigenous Knowledge and models community building in classrooms, starting with valuing student voice. Her practice of facilitating Talking Circles has been successful in the Elementary classroom.
Joseph (Joe) Tice (Secondary Program) is Ojibway, Marten Clan, from the Garden River First Nation just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He has been happily married to wife Theano for 25 years and has two sons, Jarrod and Jonah. Joe has been teaching primarily Physical and Health Education at Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School since 1999. Prior to this he taught for three years on the Kitigan Zibi First Nation. He has been very active in coaching sports at Pauline Johnson as well as in the community with Special Olympics Brantford. Joe is a director on the Ted Nolan Foundation and the off-ice instructor for the 3 Nolans hockey schools, which are run on various First Nations communities throughout Canada.
The Extended Team
Six Nations Trustee
The Six Nations Trustee is appointed by the Six Nations Band Council to represent community interests at the board level.
The role of the Native Advisor is to provide consulting and advisory services to Grand Erie District School Board with respect to issues affecting students residing at Six Nations including:
Native Education Counselling Staff
The Native Education Counsellors provide for the instructional, counselling, and other needs of on-reserve Six Nations students.
Native Community Liaison Worker
The Native Community Liaison Worker provides service and support to on-reserve Six Nations students who are disengaged or at risk of being disengaged with their school experience.
Native Advisory Committee
The N.A.C. consists of the Director of Education, the Six Nations Trustee, one other Grand Erie Trustee, and a designate of the Six Nations Council Education Committee. Other resource members of the committee include the Native Education Counselling Staff, the Native Community Liaison Worker, the Native Advisor and Grand Erie principals of schools where Six Nations students attend.