Jenn Flynn completed her bachelor of physical education at the University of Alberta. She has worked as a school health facilitator at Lee Ridge School, Fort McMurray regional manager, APPLE Schools manager, and is now the Executive Director of APPLE Schools. She has keen organizational skills and a wide variety of experiences working with children in a physically active setting. Jenn's team skills are evident as she plays an integral role in planning processes. She brings a level of excitement unsurpassed by most, and displays leadership through her logic skills and expertise.
Katherine Dekker, B.Ed., M.Ed., School Health Mentor - As a teacher and administrator for over 30 years, Katherine Dekker shared her passion for supporting students to be the best that they can be. In 2010, she joined the APPLE Schools world through her position as principal of the Edmonton catholic school St. Francis of Assisi. She saw first hand how committing to a comprehensive school health approach could change the world for students. She is excited to support school staffs in creating and maintaining environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. An avid traveler, Katherine enjoys weaving travel tails to anyone who will lend her an ear.
Erin Gates, B.Sc. (Kin), B.Ed., School Health Mentor
Erin graduated from Dalhousie University with a bachelor of science in kinesiology before going on to complete her bachelor of education at St. Francis Xavier University. Erin has been teaching in Fort McMurray for three years, during which time she has taught junior high and elementary physical education. She has truly enjoyed getting to know her students and providing them with unique active healthy living and leadership opportunities and experiences. Erin enjoys leading an active lifestyle, volunteering within the community, and spending time with her family back home in New Brunswick. Erin is excited to be able to support the Fort McMurray Public School District APPLE Schools and witness inspiring ways schools can promote health again this year.
Magdalena Pawlowski started working at APPLE Schools in October 2016. Her journey of work experience includes carpentry, teaching social studies in Edmonton and London, U.K., being a frame tech for a telecom company, then finally, communications! After completing her bachelor of secondary education degree, she pursued the public relations program at Grant MacEwan University. She brings with her a wealth of communications experience from working at the Edmonton Humane Society and APEGA. She is an avid aerial- artist-in-the-making and loves animals, reading, dancing, cooking, good jokes, and anything involving the great outdoors.
Jenna Power has been teaching for nine years in Fort McMurray. She spent two of those years as an APPLE School Health Facilitator where she focused on active learning through alternative seating and encouraging family involvement through active literacy family nights. She is now thrilled to be a School Health Mentor for the Catholic School District, and enjoys supporting her colleagues in sustaining healthy schools in the community, as well as pumping up staff and students through friendly, curricular-aligned competitions. Outside of work, Jenna loves to read, run, do yoga, spend time with family, and motivate others through her business, Beachbody.
Tyler Smith hails from Nova Scotia, where he graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a bachelor of science in human kinetics, and a bachelor of education. He’s been teaching elementary and junior high physical education in Fort McMurray since 2012. He became involved with APPLE Schools that year as a School Health Facilitator. After a hiatus, he is excited to be back as a School Health Mentor. He focuses on empowering students to be leaders and make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and is enthusiastic about promoting health in the public district and supporting sustainability. Tyler is a sports fan and enjoys exercising and spending time with his wife and children.
Landra Walker completed her bachelor of physical education in 2013 at the University of Alberta. She has been with APPLE Schools in varying capacities since 2012, and is now a school health mentor where she applies her passion for health by supporting the northern expansion APPLE Schools. The highlight of her job is hearing stories from school health facilitators and health champions about how they successfully implemented an activity or initiative in their school community and its positive impact, and celebrating their successes. She believes that working to improve the lives of students through healthy eating, active living, and mental wellbeing creates balance in her own life. Landra loves to spend her spare time outdoors, travelling, and hanging out with Max, her rambunctious beagle.