Andrea, Katherine and Marrion

Andrea, Katherine and Marrion
Posted on 06/17/2021
Celebrating Staff LogoEvery week we celebrate SMCDSB staff members who have been recognized by a parent, student, or colleague.

This week we are celebrating Andrea Burke-Brand, Katherine Robitaille, and Marrion Braunstein.

Andrea is a teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic School. Andrea Burke-Brand She was nominated by a parent who said:

“Mrs. Brand has been an exceptional educator, mentor, advocate and friend to my special needs daughter from Kindergarten to Grade 2 (present). She is dedicated, compassionate about her job and constantly goes above and beyond to make sure every child’s needs are met. Mrs. Brand strives to ensure all children meet their potential and that no one is left behind. Her interpersonal skills and kind nature are shown in the unique bond she has with all the children and families she encounters. Returning to the classroom this year had it’s challenges and she didn’t skip a beat. She maintains her professionalism, ensures the safety of all her students and colleagues and is always quick to greet the children with a big smile, funny joke or silly dance. I want to extend a big heartfelt thank you and show some well deserved recognition to this amazing educator/woman who has been the driving force behind my child’s school successes and the return of her love for the classroom.”

Katherine RobitailleKatherine is an EA at St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School. She was nominated by a parent who said:

“Mrs. Robitaille has worked as an Educational Assistant with my son since he started school in JK. My son is extremely medically complex - he has visual, hearing and mobility issues yet she always finds ways for him to be included in all school and class activities. She goes above and beyond and uses her own time and money to find engaging activities and ways for my son to learn. Even during remote learning she has stepped up and amazes us daily with her fun, clever and exciting education programs. She cares for and knows my son so well. She is a caring, understanding, compassionate, dedicated person - a true example of an SMCDSB employee.”

Marrion is a teacher at Father F.X. O’Reilly Catholic Marrion Braunstein School. She was nominated by a parent who said:

“Mrs. Braunstein has a kind heart, a warm smile, and she is able to connect with her students in a way that makes them feel included. My son has had her as a health teacher and as his Special Education resource teacher for the past two years and he has loved the connection she has made with him. The children in the school that have been fortunate enough to have her as a health teacher or their SERT are truly so lucky in that she makes each and every student feel listened to and valued. I hope that Mrs. Braustein will remain at Father FX O'Reilly for many years to come as the school staff and students are blessed to have her in their lives.”

We would like to thank Andrea, Katherine, and Marrion for their commitment to Catholic education at our board.