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Candidate in the 2010 Pembina Trails - 3 School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
Pembina Trails School Division has grown into one of the best divisions in the province. We, as a division are seriously addressing the educational challenges of the 21st century. We have a goal of student success for all and are making the necessary changes to achieve that goal by addressing student engagement, the digital learner and the wonderful diversity of learners in our classroom. After serving the division for 12 years and being part of its growth and development, I want to continue to contribute to the exciting opportunities for further improvement. I am also presently involved with Manitoba School Boards Association as the Vice President. In that role I have the opportunity to work with government and partner organizations to enhance the educational opportunities for students across the province. I am seeking the support of the community to continue this work, building a strong public school system and an excellent Pembina Trails School Division.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
I am presently retired after 31 years of teaching in the Winnipeg School Division. During my tenure with Winnipeg, I taught in the elementary classroom, physical education, resource and special education. I worked as a divisional support teacher in both physical education and special education. I had the opportunity to contribute to a provincial curriculum in physical education and more recently the new social studies curriculum. I was the cooperating teacher for many new teacher candidates. These experiences have given me a broad perspective on the school system.
I have been very active in my community as a volunteer Beaver leader, Heart and Stroke canvasser and coordinator, Ryerson Parent Council Vice President, soccer coach, Fort Richmond Community Safety committee and President of the Pickerel Lake Cottagers Association.
I am the parent of two sons, both of whom graduated from Fort Garry/ Pembina Trails School Division schools. That of course has given me the parent’s perspective on the public school system. Both my sons, Matt and Grant Rayner have been active volunteers and coaches in our community as has my husband Brad Rayner.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
With the increasing number of English as an Additional Language learners, in our system, supporting Newcomers to be successful in our society will be important.
We will need to expand the ways we collect and use data on student achievement to determine the supports required to ensure that every child is engaged, growing and graduating.
Education has taken on many new roles as our society has shifted from a homogeneous, locally focused place to a diverse, globally focused world. Schools provide supports to families, language acquisition, physical and mental health issues and preschool children. While I believe that schools should be supporting children in all these ways, it is a challenge to ensure that the community and the government understand the complexity of the new classroom and the need for on-going sustainable support for all the needs that go beyond the academic mandate. Returning to a funding model less reliant on the local levy is important to achieve this sustainability.
Maintaining safe and caring learning communities is an ongoing issue for all school divisions. As society becomes more complex and diverse the need to teach respect and to protect the rights of all students is an ongoing concern.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
Not something that I would change but something that I would like to see continue to grow is the ongoing focus on engaging the 21st century learner, the digital native, those young people who have grown up with digital technology as a given in their lives. I fully support the creative ways that teachers are addressing this through the use of the digital technology and creating integrated, relevant, problem based experiences to better engage these learners. For Pembina Trails one of the things this will mean is continuing to leverage the optic fiber technology to extend the exposure of our students to classrooms and learning opportunities around the world.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
Only that it has been a privilege to serve the Ward 3 community over the past 12 years. Having served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Board for four years was a very rewarding experience. I have also served on or chaired each of the Board committees. I have been on the Board of Winnipeg Technical College and served as Chair of their Board for two years. My Manitoba School Boards experience has allowed me to participate on several provincial committees including the Art in Education Steering Committee, Teacher Practicum Committee, Residential Development Committee and the Aboriginal Education Committee. I have enjoyed being a part of the on going improvement of Public Education in Manitoba and the establishment and growth of Pembina Trails School Division
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