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NLTA Special Interest Councils

Special Interest Councils are professional learning communities dedicated to life-long learning and the ongoing professional growth of NLTA members. Their mandate includes offering a range of professional development programs, including conferences, institutes, focus groups, teleconferences, and e-learning initiatives. Councils communicate with their membership using a variety of current technologies. As part of their mandate, the councils will respond to curriculum and program concerns, develop position papers on critical issues, work with government on curriculum development and advise the NLTA on matters of importance.

Currently there are twelve special interest councils (click on the council name to access their website):

If you are working in one of these specialized areas, you may choose to join the appropriate council. By participating in Special Interest Council programming, you can avail of the latest information on methodologies, trends in particular disciplines, and changes in curriculum as they develop and emerge.

Special Interest Councils advertise their programs through The Bulletin, the NLTA website, school boards, schools and media.

If you are a member of a Special Interest Council, you will be automatically notified of professional development opportunities. Since helping our membership become more effective teachers is always an overriding goal of this Association, the activities of our Special Interest Councils are geared to improving classroom practice.

Please make every effort to be an active member of special interest councils that are of interest to you. If you wish to become a member of one of the existing councils, you have only to contact the president of that council, and you will be sent the necessary membership information. Opportunities also exist for you to become an executive member of one of the councils, thereby allowing you to take on a valuable leadership role within the Association. As a council member, you will be kept current on exciting new learning and discoveries in your field.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas re the NLTA Special Interest Councils, contact Ian Crewe, Administrative Officer – Programs & Services at or by calling 726-3223 or toll-free at 1-800-563-3599, ext. 232.

 Council (click on the Council name for more information)
 President  Phone / Fax
Health Education Kellie Baker
St. Mathew’s Elementary
119 Cowan Ave.
St. John’s, NL A1E 1W1
745-1513 (S)
745-3618 (F)
Math/Science  Yvonne Dawe
CDLI – Brother Rice High Annex
75 Bonaventure Ave.
St. John’s NL A1C 3Z3
Music Ashley Beresford
MacDonald Drive Jun. High
110 MacDonald Dr.
St John’s NL  A1A 2K9
753-8240 (S)
753-1243 (F)
NL Counsellors’ & Psychologists’ Assoc. Boyd Perry
Holy Heart High School
55 Bonaventure Ave.
St. John’s NL A1C 6N8
754-1600 (S)
754-0855 (F)
Physical Education Luke Neville
St. Joseph’s All-Grade
P O Box 70
Terrenceville NL
A0E 2X0
662-2201 (S)
662-2008 (F)
School Administrators Kyran Dwyer
St. Teresa’s Sch
100 Mundy Pond Rd.
St. John’s NL A1E 1V1
579-9111 (S)
579-2448 (F)
Second Languages Laun Shoemaker (Interim contact)
Beachy Cove Elementary
P O Box 578

Portugal Cove, NL  A1M 3R6
895-2241 (S)
895-2767 (F)
Small Schools Natasha Aylward
St. Gabriel’s All-Grade
P O Box 10

St. Brendan’s, NL  A0G 3V0
669-3331 (S)
669-5551 (F)
Special Services (COSS) Danielle Doyle
Carbonear Collegiate
95 Valley Rd.
Carbonear, NL A1Y 1A7
596-3911 (S)
596-0462 (F)
Speech Language Pathologists
Sandy Crowley
NLESD – Labrador
16 Strathcona St.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay  NL
A0P 1E0
944-5709 (S)
944-5580 (F)
Teacher Librarians Newfoundland & Labrador Heather Godden
Beachy Cove Elementary
P O Box 578
Portugal Cove NL A1M 3R6
895-2241/2 (S)
895-2767 (F)
Technology Education N/A