“What does love require?” is a question that has guided and directed Marianne throughout her long career in Christian education.
The answer to this question has been different in the various roles in which she has served. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario, Marianne taught at Lucknow Christian School for 7 years before moving to Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer as the Resource teacher, supporting students with learning challenges while helping teachers differentiate in their classrooms. Marianne eventually became the principal of Immanuel Christian School and served there for 12 years, leading the community through change and growth. In 2005, she became the principal of Halton Hills Christian School in Georgetown. Under Marianne’s leadership, Halton Hills Christian School was an example of innovative programming, strategic growth, and unique connection and contribution to its local community.
Developing leadership skills, both her own and that of others, including students, has been central throughout Marianne’s career. She believes that leadership matters deeply as schools seek to impact the Kingdom of God through the education of young minds and hearts. It was this commitment to school leadership that had her join the board of the Ontario Christian School Administrators Association (OCSAA) where she served for 6 years, including 3 years as chair of the board. In her current role as Edvance’s Leader in Residence, Marianne is eagerly looking forward to strengthening and supporting school leaders by building cohesiveness, developing emerging leaders, and inspiring productive and relevant dialogue at the cohort level.