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






Gloria Sutherland

Vice Principal





Kimberly Beaverbones

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 3rd year in our beautiful new school! My name is Riki Peacock. This is my 13th 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



Mrs. Amber Sawatzky

Grade 2 Teacher




Justine Vanderlei

Grade 3

Ahneen! My name is Justine Vanderlei and this will be my 4th 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 six 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 10.   I look forward to working with the students and their parents.  Please free to stop by anytime to see how your child is progressing.




Terrell Downwind

Grade 7/8






Angus MacDonald


Grade 8/9 Teacher




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

School Liaison Worker




Louise Anderson






Bridgette Muskeg






Wanda Beaverbones




Kirsten Muskeg





John Beaverbone




Lavinia Strawberry





Beverly Bremner





Tanya Strawberry





Linda Strawberry

School Finance 




Cameron Strawberry

School Stickman



Victor Strawberry






Walter Strawberry





Patty Beaverbones






Marie Strawberry







Wallace Strawberry

Abel Lagrelle

Malcolm Whitford

Bus Drivers







Louise Anderson