Governing Ourselves

Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters.


Council appoints Ferenczy to French-language seat

Monika Ferenczy

COUNCIL HAS APPOINTED Monika Ferenczy, OCT, to fill a vacancy in the French-Language Public Board Elementary or Secondary position effective December 2.

Council's newest member has more than 20 years experience in teaching, having taught in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions in all four school systems in three regions of Ontario.

Ferenczy is a Special Education Co-ordinator with the Conseil des ├ęcoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario in the secondary panel working in five French-language public high schools in Ottawa. The position provides support for child and adolescent mental health, for students with autism, learning disabilities and mild intellectual disability, and for new Canadians.

Among her many achievements, Ferenczy was instrumental in working with French as a Second Language stakeholders in the province to bring the first pilot program of the Intensive Core French initiative to Ontario.

Council filled the position by appointment because the incumbent was acclaimed in the last Council election and there was no runner-up to fill the vacancy.

Ferenczy holds principal's qualifications as well as qualifications in English as a Second Language and specialist qualifications in French as a Second Language and Special Education.

"I had two prior opportunities to participate in College initiatives, one on standards of teaching and ethics, and I also had the opportunity to contribute to the review of the Principal's Qualification Program," Ferenczy says. "My interest in a Council position stems from these experiences, and I am honored to have been chosen."

She holds a BA and a BEd from the University of Toronto and an MEd with a concentration in leadership in education from the University of Ottawa. Her College registration number is 262675.

Jacqueline Kovacs joins the College's award-winning magazine

Jaqueline Kovacs

There's a new face in the College's communications department as Jacqueline Kovacs joins Professionally Speaking as Managing Editor.

Kovacs arrives at PS after more than 20 years as a writer and editor, with the last 13 at Today's Parent magazine, most recently as Deputy Editor. "This is a big and welcome change for me," says Kovacs, adding that, as both a journalist and a mother of three, she is looking forward to learning more about Ontario's education system.

"For many years at Today's Parent, I handled the education pages, and I know that for both teachers and parents, the way our children are schooled is a top priority," Kovacs says. "A good education is the best tool we give children for a successful life."

Marcel Badertscher joins the College as Manager of Human Resources

Marcel Badertscher

The College recently welcomed Marcel Badertscher as the College’s Manager of Human Resources.

Badertscher’s career in HR spans 20 years and two continents.

Born and educated in Zurich, Switzerland, Badertscher moved to Toronto in 1997. In both Switzerland and Canada, he worked in HR in large multinational organizations, including Gillette, Transat and Philips Electronics.

But growing up, Badertscher wanted to be a teacher. Working for the College has brought that dream closer. “Today,” he says, “I work at the Ontario College of Teachers and teach part time at Seneca College in continuing education. I’m very happy to be so closely involved now with the teaching profession.”