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Candidate in the 2010 Pembina Trails - 2 School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
TS: As an active parent of two children in the Pembina Trails Division, I feel it’s my obligation to act as a “strong” voice for my children and other families in the community. As an elected trustee, I would like to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the board. I believe I have the drive, commitment and passion to serve the community well as a board member for Pembina Trails.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
TS: For the past 12 years, I have been teaching adult education with my specialty being technology. As a Microsoft Certified Professional, I have remained current with today’s ever progressing technology taught in classrooms today. I have an excellent understanding of technology which would complement my role as a school trustee.
I’ve also been operating a small business for the past two years which has provided me with many transferable skills such as financing, decision-making, and negotiating.
Also, for the past five years, I have been working as a lunch supervisor in the Pembina Trails Division and have established a great rapport with teachers, parents, students and co-workers.
I’m confident that my education and life experiences will complement my role as a school trustee.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
TS: Commitment to Safe and Healthy Learning: I believe all children should feel comfortable and not fear bullying and violence at school. We need to improve on the social and emotional development of students to make learning fun and interesting and emphasize respect for one another.
Class Size: We need to keep class size small so everyone has an equal opportunity to learn and no student should be left behind. Teachers shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by class size. We need to ensure teachers have the adequate resources to teach the core subjects in addition to looking for new and creative ways to expand the students’ educational opportunities for the present and future.
Avoiding Tax Increases without having our student’s education suffer.
Better use of Modern Teaching Methods and Technology: will better prepare our students for today’s ever changing world.
Literacy and Academic Excellence: I would work at helping improve literacy, math, and science skills in our division so students have the tools and ability to function in a fast paced environment.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
TS: I would like to increase community representation and involvement by creating opportunities for parents to have more input on school issues and priorities. One suggestion would be to have virtual PTA meetings and periodic town hall meetings.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
TS: I believe our children deserve to have an education system that provides them with everything they need in order to become the leaders of tomorrow. Their fate depends on how well we succeed. I would be honored to have the opportunity to work with all stakeholders to meet the needs of our future leaders.
My motto is: “A better future with a STRONGER education
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