DDSB Appoints Norah Marsh as Director of Education

The Board of Trustees have appointed Norah Marsh as the next Director of Education for the Durham District School Board.

Ms. Marsh is an innovative change agent with thirteen years as an executive leader in two different Eastern Ontario school boards and as the CEO of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), a Provincial Crown Agency.

She has a long history as an advocate for public education and has been a recognized provincial leader in education – being elected provincially on several occasions to represent senior educational leaders, including serving as President of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association and Chair of the Ontario Institute for Education Leadership.

Her professional history demonstrates an expertise in mobilizing knowledge networks locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. She has a reputation for strength in leadership while creating authentic collaborative cultures. Her unrelenting focus on equity, inclusion, student engagement, well-being, and achievement will serve the communities of the Durham District School Board well.

Ms. Marsh began her educational career in 1991 as a secondary school teacher. From the beginning, she has always been an active community member and has volunteered for the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and other grassroots community agencies dedicated to combating opportunity gaps for families.

The Board of Trustees conducted a national search and determined that Ms. Marsh, who has been the DDSB’s Acting Director of Education since January 2020 is the best person to lead the DDSB into the future. This appointment is effective November 2, 2020.


“We are very pleased to appoint Norah Marsh as the DDSB’s permanent Director of Education. Since joining the DDSB a year ago, Norah has exemplified educational leadership and has skillfully led the district in an acting capacity during this period of immense change. The Board of Trustees looks forward to continuing to work with Norah to advance our strategic priorities and support the diverse needs of all students.” 

– Chris Braney, Chair, Durham District School Board

“I am humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve with the senior team of the Durham District School Board in the best interests of students and equitable outcomes for all. The DDSB has a lot to be proud of in terms of its innovative work and I am thrilled to work with the dedicated DDSB staff as we move forward to best position students for lifelong learning and success. I thank the Board of Trustees for their trust in me.”

– Norah Marsh, Director of Education, Durham District School Board


The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs 6,900 teaching and educational services staff. With 133 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 70,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB, Instagram @durhamschools and YouTube at DurhamDSB.

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