February 25, 2013: Mike Sereda, Executive Superintendent of Business and
Human Resource Services for the Thames Valley District School Board, has announced
his retirement after 37 years of service in public education.
"We thank Mike for his leadership and commitment to public education and his many
years of dedication and service to the students, staff and taxpayers of the Thames
Valley school district," said Bill Tucker, Director of Education.
Sereda began his teaching career in 1976 in Aylmer. He taught at Davenport P.S.
for 10 years, became Vice-Principal at McGregor P.S. and was then appointed as Principal.
In this role, he led the staff in developing one of the first automated elementary
libraries in the former Elgin County Board of Education. He also served as Principal
at Davenport and Summers' Corners public schools before taking on a series of superintendent
portfolios with the Thames Valley District School Board.
Sereda was first appointed as Superintendent of Education in Operations Services
in 1999. He oversaw many portfolios, including Safe Schools, parent involvement
committees and alternative education where he developed the Reconnect program to
re-engage students who are at risk of not graduating.
As Superintendent of Human Resource Services, Sereda chaired a task force that led
to the revised teacher performance appraisal process.
Within his current portfolio as Executive Superintendent of Business and Human Resource
Services, he manages employee relations for the Board and helped to create the Thames
Valley Parent Involvement Committee. With the associate dean of graduate studies
at Althouse College, Sereda developed a Masters of Education cohort program for
aspiring leaders in TVDSB.
Among his many professional associations, Sereda is a founding member of the Institute
for Education Leadership, serves as treasurer for the Ontario Public Supervisory
Official's Association and is an instructor within the supervisory officers' qualification
Sereda's retirement is effective August 31, 2013.