OCSB Director of Education
Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer
Phone: 613-224-4455 Ext 2272
Denise Andre was appointed Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in July 2015. She has been with the OCSB for 41 years and has served as a Teacher, Department Head, Vice-Principal, Principal, Superintendent, and Associate Director.
Denise has served on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Home and Outreach Centre, as well as the Youth Services Bureau, and is currently on the Board of Directors for St. Paul University, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA), the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE). Denise was elected Chair of the Canadian Education Association/EdCan Network in 2019. Denise is President of the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO), and has also served as an instructor for the Supervisory Officer’s Qualifications Program, offered by the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN).
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 34 years. Bob is the OCSB’s Educational Consultant for Physical & Health Education, as well as a professor at the University of Ottawa.
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Associate Director of Education
Thomas D’Amico was appointed Associate Director of Education and Assistant Secretary of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in July 2015. He has served the OCSB in various capacities for over 28 years, as Teacher, Principal, Superintendent of Learning Technologies, and Superintendent of Human Resources. Tom 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.
Tom 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. Tom and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of two daughters and OCSB graduates, Laura and Christina.
“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.”
"From the Director" Blog
Denise Andre is one of our most popular OCSB bloggers. Her thoughtful perspective speaks directly to parents, students and staff all at the same time.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board is pleased to share news of each past year’s successes in the Director’s Annual Report. The report shares information about the important work that our Board does to foster student success, and highlights the work and achievements of students and staff across our school system. The production of this report supports our commitment to openness, transparency and accountability in the education system.