ATEQ’s Executive Committee is composed of a President, Vice-President, Past-President, and Secretary/Treasurer who typically serve two years in each position.
Christina Grivas (WIC)
President, 1st of a 2 year term
Tina has been teaching ELA at the secondary level for many years in both the public and private sectors, but has found her home at West Island College. She is interested in professional development about innovative assessment, classroom design and increasing student engagement, while at the same time, she cares deeply about student mental health. She is passionate about technology in education, encouraging a love of reading, and coaching basketball and debating.
Heather Morrison (EMSB)
Vice President, 1st of a 2 year term
Before becoming a teacher Heather worked in the English language theatre community at Infinitheatre and Black Theatre Workshop. She practices project based / experiential learning and has implemented various sustainable and arts based projects. She has also piloted the Accessible Reading Quebec Project, an initiative of the Direction des services a la communaute Anglophone (DSCA) of the Ministere de l’Education et de l’Enseignement superieur and ALDI Initiative, on behalf of the English school boards of Quebec as well as the Advanced 5 Balanced Literacy Approach. Heather is honoured to be part of the growing ATEQ community.
Pamela Bussey (NFSB)
Past President, 1st of a 2 year term
Pamela is a Secondary ELA Teacher with the New Frontiers School Board. She graduated from McGill’s MATL program in 2015 and has worked with the ETSB, EMSB, and SWLSB before finding a home with the NFSB. She loves reading YA, memoir, and flash fiction and has a passion for incorporating the Arts in ELA. She lives in Chateauguay with her husband, daughter, cat, dog, and piles of books.
Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, 1st of a 2 year term
Abigail began her career as a high school ELA teacher and then was the Coordinator of ELA Programmes at Quebec’s Ministry of Education for twenty seven years, during which time she directed the team that produced the QEP’s ELA programmes and Progressions of Learning. She has always believed in the grassroots power of teachers working together, and of the importance of encouraging professionalism in teaching.
ATEQ’s Board of Directors is composed of teachers and professionals within the ELA network who commit to two-year terms.
Jessica Hand (EMSB)
1st of a 2 year term, NCTE Representative
Jessica is the Head Teacher at Programme Mile End High School, which is part of the Outreach Schools Network in the EMSB. She has worked there for her entire teaching career, spanning over 20 years, with the exception of her 3-year secondment to the Ministry to co-write the SELA2 program. She is also working part-time on her Master’s thesis at McGill, applying a critical lens to the discipline practices and policies implemented in schools in the name of school safety. She is known for her passion for working with disenfranchised youth, as well as dressing in black, loving British television and reading.
Mary Eva (McGill)
1st of a 2 year term, ECCC Representative
Mary is a student-teacher field supervisor through McGill’s DISE. She continues her work as a member of the CPIQ executive and as an editor of their journal. She is a long-standing member of the ATEQ board, and NCTE’s REALM committee judge. Mary is passionate about reading and literature, and being an advocate for the ELA community.
Coralie Beghuin (NFSB)
1st of a 2 year term, NCTE Representative
Coralie is currently a high school ELA teacher at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School. She has an undergraduate degree from Concordia University where she studied English Literature and a Graduate degree from McGill University where she completed a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning. Coralie has a deep passion for all things related to books and reading – she has a particular fondness for memoirs and YA. When Coralie is not reading or teaching, you can probably find her with a cup of coffee or exploring a new coffee shop.
Emeritus Board Members
ATEQ’s Emeritus Board Members are individuals who have previously held the role of ATEQ President and have been on the Board of Directors for at least 10 years.
Mary Sauvé (NFSB)
Former president, ECCC Representative
Mary has been teaching ELA at Chateauguay Valley Regional HS for over 24 years, and has been the department head for most of that time, with the exception of her five and half year stint seconded to the Ministry as a curriculum writer for both SELAs 1 and 2, and the Secondary Progression of Learning. She is passionate about traveling, learning, and teaching. She lives in the country and tries not to kill too many plants.
(Consultative & non-voting)
Carol-Ann Hoyte (Canadian Children’s Book Centre), Jordan Kent (WQSB), Stephen Kohner (ESSB), Ruwani Payoe (EMSB), Louise Bourque (RSB), AnneMarie McCaffrey (NFSB), Nick Warren (EMSB), Claire Grondin (CQSB), Jody Meacher, (ETSB), Annie Ogle (EMSB), Emily Mannard (McGill).
Join Our Board
ATEQ is a volunteer professional association run by teachers for teachers. We strive to have diversity on our Board of Directors representing elementary and secondary levels in both public and private sectors from as many school boards across Quebec as possible in order to try to meet the needs of our membership. If you scroll above you will see the current roster of teachers working for you and the school boards they represent. Board members are voted in at our Annual General Meeting. Terms are two years long.
Interested, but not in a two-year commitment? Why not join our board as a non-voting consultant or Board Representative, and help ATEQ gain a fuller picture of what is going on at all levels across the province.
Board of Directors’ Subsidy
This $250 subsidy is a perk to reward the volunteer service of the Board of Directors of ATEQ who give up a lot of their free time to give back to the community by planning events and coordinating resources. We also hope to encourage members at large to join our board and get involved in shaping the vision of this association.