About Us

With a rural, urban and suburban population, Thames Valley District School Board is a unique district shared across Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties and the City of London. Our region is bordered by beautiful Lake Erie and Lake Huron, with some of the best greenspace and landscape that Ontario has to offer. Our District is home to the centre of excellence for healthcare and education, with London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Western University and Fanshawe College. Together, our communities have the best in care, teaching and learning; this region is diverse, accessible and affordable.  

We are a District in motion toward progressive growth and student achievement. As the fourth largest public school board in Ontario, our 7,000km2 district includes families who have been here for generations, and many who have recently arrived. We want our students and staff to be successful and we believe that equitable access to programs and opportunities helps everyone reach their full potential.

To help us face these challenges and problem-solve, our Senior Leadership team is comprised of seasoned business and education professionals. A team of 17 experts in their field serve 80,000 students and 10,000 staff toward a goal of improving student achievement and well-being. We are a data-driven organization with a student-first growth mindset.

Under the leadership of Director of Education Mark Fisher, we rely on research-informed practice, a commitment to equity, and value industry and community partnerships. Our relationships with the Ministry of Education and our Board of Trustees govern Board business and provide the freedom to work collaboratively and inspire innovation. Now is the time to become part of a team that is right-sized: large enough to be based on process and standards, but small enough to be nimble.

Our Strategic Plan includes our Mission, Vision and Our Commitments, which are outlined below:

Mission
We build each student's tomorrow, every day.
Vision
The Thames Valley learning community inspires innovation, embraces diversity, and celebrates achievement - a strong foundation for all students. 
Our Commitments

We believe in:

  • Putting the needs of all students first;
  • Stimulating critical and creative thinking;
  • Encouraging informed risk taking and innovation;
  • Setting high standards and clear expectations;
  • Providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment;
  • Providing access to resources, and experiences that meet students’ strengths and needs;
  • Valuing all staff as partners in education;
  • Collaborating with our communities to enhance opportunities for students;
  • Communicating effectively in a transparent, timely and two-way fashion;
  • Acknowledging and welcoming parents/families as key partners in student achievement and well-being;
  • Supporting parents, School Councils, and Home and School Associations;
  • Promoting and honouring student leadership and student voice; and
  • Encouraging students to advocate for self and others.

 

Our Partners

We work actively with community partners in business, industry and education to provide pathways to the world of work for our students through cooperative education apprenticeship and work experience programs.

The Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee (TVPIC), Thames Valley Council of Home and School Associations, School Councils, Home and School Associations, and other parent groups contribute to and enhance classroom learning and facilitate community involvement in schools.

The Thames Valley Education Foundation (TVEF) portfolio manages more than 500 awards, scholarships and bursaries available to our students with a combined value of more than $8 million.

We are proud of our partnership with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), a Board standing committee of volunteer representatives which operates to further the interests of exceptional children.

Our First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC) includes membership from three local First Nations Communities (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Munsee-Delaware Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames) and works to ensure that each First Nation, Métis and Inuit student has every opportunity for success, which includes improving student achievement.

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