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


Hello, my name is Henriett Vanderlei.  I am new to O'Chiese and look forward to teaching the Kindergarten class. I have taught in the Ontario school system for 22 years.  I am eager to get to know my students, their family and the community here at O'Chiese. Using activities, games and centres; I hope to teach my students that learning can be fun!! I hope to meet many of you at our Literacy and Numeracy Nights.    




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



Heather Pender

Grade 2 Teacher




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 third 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!



Sharon Myers

Grade 6/7

Hi there, my name is Sharon Myers. I come from a small northern community in Manitoba.   I have three daughters and three grand children.  I teach grade 6/7 in O’Chiese School.   I have my grand daughter also enrolled in school  Her name is Darcy Myers and she is in grade 9.   I look forward to working with the students and their parents.  Please free to stop by anytime to see how your child is progressing.



Anthony Beckford

Grade 8/9

My name is Anthony Beckford.  I'am new to O’Chiese School.  I have over seven years’ experience, teaching at the secondary and vocational level.  I am excited to work and learn with all of my Junior High and High School Students.  I am equally happy to be a member of the dynamic team at O’Chiese School, and to be a part of this friendly community.  This is going to be a busy and exciting.

I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through their education.  I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect.  An education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world.

I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year!


Anthony Beckford





Jeremy Cej


High School Teacher

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. 



Rachel Strawberry




Georgina Strawberry




Brittney Cardinal




Wanda Beaverbones



Lee Delaronde





Linda Strawberry

School Finance 




Cameron Strawberry

School Stickman



Kathy Whitford



Victor Strawberry



Patty Beaverbones






Ronald Strawberry