BCSTA's Board of Directors
BCSTA’s Board of Directors support and advocate for effective public boards of education in B.C.
Stephanie Higginson is a trustee in SD68 (Nanaimo/Ladysmith). Stephanie is excited to bring her love for public education and advocacy to the BCSTA Board of Directors as president.
Stephanie is a former high school teacher and educational researcher with a master’s in educational studies focusing in social justice in education. Her areas of interest in education are vast and broad. They include, but are not limited to, governance structures that strengthen public education, equity in education, collaborative inquiry in teacher professional development and nature based education.
Stephanie and her family live outside of Nanaimo where they operate a small farm and maple syrup production business. Stephanie’s passion for public education is deeply personal as she is mom to two school aged children, one in elementary and one in secondary school in B.C.’s public schools.
A mother of two children, Carolyn is passionate about public education and believes that we need to continue to work to ensure that every student in our K-12 system gets the support and individualized attention they need to reach their full potential.
Tim’s passion is driven by a desire to build a stronger community and public education system for his three young boys.
As a parent of a current high school student and a 2020 graduate, Tracy brings the perspective of parent and student insight. Owning and operating a small business for nearly 20 years, Tracy has chosen to now focus on contributing to public education full-time.
Tracy brings a balanced, thoughtful approach and recognizes that collaborative working relationships are key to well-informed decision making and advocacy. Viewing all issues through the lens of improving student achievement and listening to student voice is at the heart of Tracy’s work in public education.
Rick has served on the board of education in Sea to Sky since 2005, and has been chair for 12 years. He is especially proud of Sea to Sky’s record of significantly improving Indigenous grad rates while at the same time virtually eliminating suspensions from school. There are no laurels to sit upon, however, because in Sea to Sky, as well as across the province, there is much to do before equity is achieved.
As the father of two adult daughters (both teachers), with two grandchildren, Rick loves to be surrounded by his family and friends. Proud to call Brackendale home, Rick resides in the same house he built himself in 1974. When not at home, Rick is likely to be found exploring the outdoors. He has a passion for backpacking, hiking and cycling, and a few years ago rode his bicycle from Canada to Mexico. Other adventures have included racing under sail from Victoria to Maui.
Rick believes that public education is a cornerstone of our democracy, and that effective board governance is our organization’s most important way to support our students.
Donna has been the co-chair of the BCSTA Election Engagement Committee, BCSTA Indigenous Education Committee Board liaison and an ELL Consortium member. She has been school district 38’s chair and vice-chair, and has served on many committees. She is actively involved with the Metro Branch.
Chief Executive Officer
Her career started with Mission Public Schools before moving to the Langley School District, where she spent most of her career as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent. Suzanne was then seconded to the Ministry of Education as part of the curriculum outreach team. While working in the ministry, she also held the positions of chief educator and the superintendent of learning transformation. In January 2018, Suzanne became the first female superintendent at the Vancouver School Board. In 2021, Suzanne joined BCSTA, where she is excited and appreciative of the opportunity to take on the CEO role.
Suzanne is a wife, a mom to two grown children and a cairn terrier, and a passionate lifelong learner currently living on the unceded territory of the Katzie and Kwantlen Nations.
She is honoured and humbled to support BCSTA’s board of directors and boards of education across B.C.