O'Chiese School Staff

Principal - Patsy Bercier

Ahneen, My name is Patsy Bercier & am very happy to be back as the Principal at the O'Chiese First Nation School. This will be my fourteenth year in school administration and feel honoured to be a part of your education system and living in the community. My main focus will be to include parents as much as possible in order to ensure their child has a successful year. Our doors are always open and hope you will stop by to discuss your child's needs and/or successes.

Patsy is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and has been an educator since 1975. 

Patsy Bercier





Shane Zolinski

Vice Principal




Myrna Strawberry

School Receptionist/ Admin Assistant




Cheryl Strawberry

Saulteaux Instructor

My name is Cheryl Strawberry and I am returning as the Saulteaux Language Instructor for O'Chiese School. I look forward to teaching all our students about their language and culture.




Henriette Vanderlei






Riki Peacock

Grade 1

Ahneen! Welcome to a brand new school year at O'Chiese!! We are very excited to begin our 2nd year in our beautiful new school! My name is Riki Peacock. This is my 12th year teaching Grade One at O'Chiese. I have had many great experiences over the years and I have had the chance to work with some wonderful kids. I look forward to another great year as we have some fun and exciting activities planned for students and families.  We are hopeful to have many more parents and family members in the school, working with us this year. We appreciate and value your support. As always, parents are welcome to visit the classroom and help out anytime!
Riki Peacock




Justine Vanderlei

Grade 3

Ahneen! My name is Justine Vanderlei and this will be my 3rd year teaching Grade 3 at O'Chiese School. I hope to continue to foster a love of learning in my students through hands on activities and engaging lessons. We will spend lots of time building our literacy and numeracy skills through games and interactive centres. I am excited to meet more parents and community members as we plan new and exciting after school activities and events like Family Literacy  Nights, Family Fun Nights and many more! I look forward to getting to know you and your children! 

Justine Vanderlei         jv@ochieseeducation.ca

Rachael Fiddler

Grade 4




Duncan Smith

Grade 5

Hello! My name is Duncan Smith and this is my second year teaching at 
O'Chiese First Nation. I am teaching grade 5 this year! I am originally 
from Ontario, but I have been living in Alberta for about five years 
now. I am involved in many after-school activities including volleyball, 
hockey and a video game club. I look forward to another great year at 
O'Chiese School!



Crystal Constant





Sharon Myers





Jayne Schadeck

Grade 8/9

Ahneen! My name is Jayne Schadeck and this will be my first year teaching at O’Chiese School although I have been teaching since 1998.  I live with my family near Drayton Valley where we farm. I am looking forward to getting to know my students, their families, and the community.  We will focus on having a great year and preparing our students for high school and beyond!  Together we will learn, grow, and be inspired!

Jayne Schadeck





Jeremy Cej


Hello, my name is Mr. Jeremy Cej.  I was born in Pincher Creek and have been a teacher for ten years



Jolene Anderson

High School Teacher

Hello, my name is Jolene Anderson. I am new to O'Chiese and look forward to teaching the High School students this year. My educational background includes teaching in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Northern Ontario, and specialize in English Language Arts. I am excited to begin a new chapter here in Alberta!
Jolene Anderson


Michelle DeBeer

Physical Education

Hello! Welcome back everyone. My name is Michelle DeBeer and I am teaching Physical Education for K-12 and working with our high school students as a guidance teacher. I am looking forward to building more sports teams again this year, and travelling to compete against schools within our region. I hope to see many of you come out and support our students at their home games. Watch our Facebook page for updates from me about our sports events happening within the school. I look forward to another great year at O'Chiese school. 



Heather Pender

Resource Teacher




Rachel Strawberry




Georgina Strawberry




Brittney Cardinal




Wanda Beaverbones






School Finance 




Cameron Strawberry

School Stickman



Eva Ironbow


Victor Strawberry



Ashton Saulteaux



Marie Strawberry





Ronald Strawberry