Principal's Message

Principal Shannon SmithHello and welcome to the Ottawa Technical Secondary School website. This site houses important information for students and their families, including announcements, a calendar of events, and links to resources to support learning and well-being.

I would like to acknowledge the ancestral, unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin lands upon which Ottawa Technical Secondary School is located. It is my hope that in all we do together, we keep this in mind and always honour and thank the generations of Algonquins who have been stewards and caretakers of these lands, earth, sky, and waters.

I am honoured to serve as the principal of Ottawa Technical Secondary School and look forward to meeting all of our students and their families as we begin our 2018 - 2019 school year. I believe that every student at OTSS contributes to our learning community. Every student has a voice, talents, and creativity that is vital to making our school the very best it can be. I am here for you. My role is to support the learning of each and every student and ensure that we are creating the conditions to bring out the very best in all of us here at OTSS.

Coming to OTSS is a bit of a return to my roots. I began my career at a technical high school in Toronto. I know times have changed since then, but I am truly excited to get back to a school that offers such an array of courses to support students in their preparation for the world of work, apprenticeship and/or college.

Prior to serving OTSS I served as principal at Glen Cairn Public School from 2012 - 2018. Before that I served as vice principal at W. Erskine Johnston PS and Jack Donohue PS. My teaching background includes everything from primary to Grade 12, with a focus on special education. You may view my Ontario College of Teachers profile by clicking here. Please know that I am here for you and you may contact me by calling the school office or sending an email to


Shannon Smith
Ottawa Technical Secondary School

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