Board of Directors

The PSB is governed by a board of Directors, appointed by the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Bethany MacLeod, Board Chair

Bethany MacLeod was appointed Deputy Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning in May 2019.

She served as president of the Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation beginning in 2015 and was elected President-Designate of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation in 2018, an opportunity she relinquished to accept the position of Deputy Minister.

As a classroom teacher at Montague Regional High School for 15 years, Bethany taught a variety of courses in math, accounting, business and career education. She was also a sessional instructor at UPEI for several years.

Bethany’s extensive experience on local and national committees and boards has supported her ongoing efforts to promote high quality education.

She received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, as well as a Master’s degree in Leadership and Learning.

Active in her community, Bethany served as honorary chair for the Run For the Cure and the annual Pink Racquetball Tournament. In 2013, she received the CSLA Leader of Distinction Award as Chair of the National Student Conference.

Bethany lives in Winsloe, Prince Edward Island with her husband Todd MacLeod, and they have four children: Bryanne, Donovan, Dylan, and Chelsea.

Mary Jane Ready, Board Director

Mary Jane Ready is a lifelong PEI resident and has spent her entire career in the public education system in our province. After 20 years as a classroom teacher, she accepted the position of principal at Gulf Shore School where she remained until her retirement in 2018. After receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration at UPEI, she went to Mount St. Vincent University to receive her Bachelor of Education. She did further studies and received a Masters in Educational Administration from Saint Mary’s University in 1993.

In her capacity as principal, she has been asked to serve on numerous committees to improve teaching and learning in our province including Literacy Learning, Principal PD Committee, and Progress Monitoring.  She also attended the Literacy Coaching Program at Lesley University. In 2014, she was recognized for her leadership in education and received the PEI Canadian Association of Principals Distinguished Principal Award. As a respected school leader, she was asked to become an instructor at UPEI when they began offering the PEI School Administrators’ Leadership Program.

Since retirement, she is enjoying more time on the water in her kayak and has also been taking golf lessons. Mary Jane is a lifelong learner and even after her 34 year career, she continues to be concerned about and committed to education in PEI.

Mary Jane lives in North Rustico with her husband Kenny. They have two children, Logan, who is attending the University of Toronto and Siobhan, who is attending Mount Allison University.

Norman Beck, Board Director

Norman was appointed to the Public Schools Branch Board of Directors in October, 2019.

Following the completion of his B Ed. in 1986, Norman worked as a French Immersion classroom teacher at Birchwood Intermediate School for 16 years. During this time, Norman taught primarily at the Grade 9 level, with a focus in the areas of French language arts and social studies, as well as English language arts and Core French.

Following the completion of his Masters in Leadership and Learning at UPEI in 2003, Norman accepted a position as Vice-Principal at Stonepark, a role which he kept for 4 years. In September, 2007, Norman assumed the role of Principal at Stonepark Intermediate School, a position he maintained until his retirement in June 2019.

Over the course of his career, Norman worked extensively on various curriculum committees and pilot projects that were undertaken by the school boards as well as the Department of Education. He also was a member of the PEI School Administrators Executive, and served in a variety of roles as an administrator in island schools.

Norman’s focus during his time in education was to continually strive to provide the best learning environment possible for students and for teachers. He actively supported students and staff in his respective schools to be the best that they can be; in his new role as Director, this will continue to be his primary goal.

A sporting enthusiast for his entire life, Norman continues his passion to this day. Whether it be golfing, biking, or swimming, Norman takes every opportunity he can to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Norman has also been involved in broadcasting hockey games for the UPEI Panthers as well as the Charlottetown Islanders.

Norman and his wife Sharon live in Charlottetown. They have two grown children, Colin and Ellie.


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