Director of Education

Norm Blaseg Director of Education 705.674.3171 ext. 7216

“I welcome the opportunity to lead Rainbow Schools, building on our rich tradition of excellence in education. Working together, I am committed to nurturing a culture of understanding, cohesion and common vision among trustees, staff, students and parents, unions/federations and the community, with students first and foremost.”

Norm Blaseg, Director of Education

Norm Blaseg assumed his role as Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board on July 17, 2010. After teaching for four years in Attawapiskat and Southern Ontario, Norm Blaseg joined the Board in 1990. He quickly assumed positions of added responsibility, including Assistant Principal, Vice-Principal and Principal. He was appointed Superintendent of Schools in 2004.

In his role as Superintendent, Director Blaseg was responsible for special education in Rainbow Schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin. This included the provision of all programs and services for students with special needs as well as the delivery of education at Cecil Facer, Frank Flowers, Senga House and the Ruth MacMillan Centre. He also oversaw ten elementary schools, three secondary schools and four alternative school programs.

For six years, Norm Blaseg served as Superintendent at most of the Board’s schools and his portfolio as a Superintendent touched on all areas of the Board including First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, Best Start, Welcome to Kindergarten, the Parent Involvement Committee, negotiations and employee relations, health and safety, accommodation reviews, attendance, strategic planning, transportation and home schooling. He has also led Framework schools and district reviews, with a focus on improving literacy and numeracy.

Born and raised in Sudbury, Director Blaseg has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) from Laurentian University as well as a Master of Education and Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University.

Director Blaseg is currently a member of the Inter-ministerial Mental Health Review Committee. He has served as a Board Member for Child Care Resources, the Rainbow District Principals’ Council, and the Ontario Public School Teachers Federation. For his contribution to children and the community, Norm Blaseg received a Council for Exceptional Children Award in 1992 and a United Way Volunteer Recognition Award in 1995.