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.
Nicole Deschner started with APPLE Schools in November 2016 as a Knowledge Exchange Assistant. She comes with solid organizational and planning skills from experience in administration and coordinating and executing various events. At a time when APPLE Schools was expanding, she came on board to help with the increasing administrative duties and event planning across Alberta to better serve APPLE School communities. Nicole graduated in 2017 from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of science in nutrition and food, and a minor in health education – she has always had a passion for healthy eating and exercise, and believes that being part of the APPLE Schools team allows her to use that passion to help kids have a healthier future. In her spare time, Nicole loves running, playing soccer, cooking, dabbling in new exercise classes, and spending time with friends and family.
Katherine Dekker come with vast experience as a previous teacher and administrator where she shared her passion for supporting students to be the best that they can be for over 30 years. In 2010, she joined the APPLE Schools world as a School Health Mentor 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.
Magdalena Pawlowski started 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 the Edmonton Humane Society and APEGA. She is an avid aerial-artist-in-the-making and loves animals, reading, dancing, cooking, travel, 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.