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Ceremony for Gatchell school renaming goes Monday

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 09, 2014 - 11:34 AM |

School being rechristened in honour of former ed. director

The Rainbow District School Board holds a dedication ceremony May 12 to rename Gatchell School in honour of former education director, Jean Hanson.

The rechristening of the special education facility is set for 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Hanson, a popular educator and dedicated volunteer, passed away on Feb. 3 following a battle with cancer. She is remembered as a dedicated educator and champion for children.


Hanson served as a teacher, special education consultant, principal, superintendent and the Rainbow District School Board's first female director of education. She began her career as a classroom teacher in 1970 at the Borough of York, joiniong the Sudbury Board of Education in 1976.

Hanson was principal at Gatchell School from 1987 to 1993, her first role as an administrator. She was appointed education director in 2004, and retired in 2010.

Jean Hanson Public School provides programming for students who have developmental disabilities. Students benefit from a full curriculum which includes academics, communication and social skills, life skills, physical education and the arts.

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