Commission members are Dr. Sarah Shea, independent chair, co-appointed by government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union; Monica Williams, appointed by government; and Adela NJie, appointed by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
Sarah Shea is a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. She formerly served as physician leader of clinical neuroscience and eye care teams and as head of the division of developmental pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Shea has served in an advisory capacity with Autism Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Provincial Early Years Partnership, the Nova Scotia Early Intensive Intervention Services project, and the Alström Society.
Monica Williams has masters’ degrees in speech language pathology and educational administration, and is completing a doctorate in educational leadership with research on leadership for inclusive education. She has experience as a classroom teacher, administrator, and has worked as an elementary reading specialist, resource teacher, itinerant teacher of the visually impaired, and clinical speech language pathologist. Ms. Williams previously served as an executive director with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Adela NJie has a master’s degree in education (French Immersion Cohort) and is currently employed in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Resource and is completing a master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration with St. Francis Xavier University. She has taught both English and French at the elementary, junior high and high school levels this province. She has experience as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, and student services consultant. She previously served as an executive staff officer with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.