Geoff Cook - LNS Principal
Geoff Cook – LNS Principal

Geoff Cook


Louie Norwegian School
General Delivery,
Jean Marie River, NT
X0E 0N0
Phone: 867-809-2030

Regular Hours

Monday to Friday

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed for lunch
 (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)


Yvonne Norwegian

Our Community of Tthets’éhk’edélı̨ and our School

Louie Norwegian School

Welcome to the Louie Norwegian School web page! Our school serves students from grades K-9 in the beautiful community of Jean Marie River, where the Mackenzie and Jean Marie rivers meet.

Named after Chief Louie Norwegian, our school has a long and proud history in Jean Marie River. Under the leadership of Chief Louie, the original school was built by the people of JMR in 1951, so that the children of the community could go to school here (up to grade 6) and not have to leave at such a young age. Local people sold lumber and fish to raise money to purchase the logs for the school. These elders have left wonderful legacy for the youth of our village.

Our new school was constructed in the 1980’s and has served the children of Jean Marie River well. Jean Marie First Nation offers it’s building to the school for Physical Education, concerts, feasts etc.

At Louie Norwegian School, we utilize our camp at Jackfish Creek for on-the-land experiences in the spring and fall. We also have a “Take a Kid Trapping” program each winter for our students to experience traditional skills on the land with a local elder.

Our Staff

Our Teacher/Principal- Geoff Cook

Geoff hails from Newfoundland where he retired after 30 years of service in 2008. Realizing that he really wasn’t ready to retire, he went to Fort Resolution, NWT and spent 2 years there as the PST. He has also taught in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nunavut but considers his present community of Jean Marie River (completing his third year there) as a second home.

Geoff is a proud father of 4 and a grandfather to 4 wonderful children.

Medina Norwegian

Medina has worked at the school for 5 years, both as a custodian and as a Support Assistant. “Auntie D”, as she is known to the children, enjoys working with and for our students

Rhonda Grossetete

Rhonda has worked at the school for 3 years. She enjoys working with all the students, helping them to learn their ABC’s and 1,2,3s. Rhonda appreciates her time outdoors with the students, going for walks and sliding.

Connie Villeneuve

My name is Connie Villeneuve and I was born in Fort Simpson. I have 3 kids and 4 grandchildren. I have worked at Louie Norwegian School for over 15 years. I enjoy working with the students and love living here. I enjoy cooking, cleaning and coloring.

Mr. Girard

Mr. Girard is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his free time on the land. He came to the North from Saskatchewan where he practiced inquiry-based learning.


Gail Sanguez     

Erma Norwegian    

Melanie Menacho

Our Chief- Noleen Hardisty

Jean Marie River First Nation

Lot 40

General Delivery

Jean Marie River, NT

X0E 0N0