Director and Associate Director of Education
Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer
Denise Andre was appointed Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Catholic School Board in July 2015. She has been with the Ottawa Catholic School Board for 37 years and has served as a teacher, department head, vice-principal, principal, superintendent, and deputy (associate) director.
Denise has served on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Home and Outreach Centre and the Youth Services Bureau and is currently on the Board of Directors for St. Paul University, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA), and the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE). Denise is President of the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO). Denise also served as an instructor for the Supervisory Officer’s Qualifications Program, offered by the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network.
As Director, I want to ensure that the OCSB continues to be an inclusionary learning environment, which is child-centred and grounded in faith. As a Board, we will continue to leverage technology to allow learning and collaboration to take place in many forms.
Denise holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. Denise spent her early days in Cornwall, and has been married to Bob Thomas for over 30 years. Bob is the OCSB's Educational Consultant for Physical & Health Education, as well as a professor at the University of Ottawa.
Associate Director of Education and Assistant Secretary
Thomas has chaired system-level committees and has been the lead on several provincial educational networks. He has presented across Canada on the subjects of educational technology and leadership in the 21st Century, and is a recipient of a Canada’s Outstanding Principal award.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Physical Education from the University of Ottawa, as well as an Honours in Physical Education from McMaster University. He has an executive certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor Law department. Thomas and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of two daughters and OCSB graduates, Laura and Christina.