Candidate in the 2014 Winnipeg - 1 School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2014 School Board Election?
I have been a passionate educator for over twenty years, and my experience in teaching has given me a broad perspective on the challenges that face our education system. I worked as a Jr. High school teacher for a number of years, and currently work as an instructor at the University of Manitoba. Because I worked on the front line of the education system, I understand the strengths and challenges of our schools and the unique day-to-day concerns that face educators and students - but I also know what a teaching victory looks like! As a university instructor, I see bright and dedicated university students who are frustrated that their learning wasn't more rigorous. As a parent of children in public school, I understand the needs and concerns of families as they balance school, sports, work, and leisure. Additionally, as the treasurer of a large daycare, I understand the limitations of school budgets and of administrative policies. I believe that this makes me the strongest candidate for the position of school trustee.
What experience will you bring to compliment your role as School Trustee?
I bring experience and education to the role of trustee! I have a Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts, and am in the final stages of preparing my PhD dissertation for its defense. As mentioned above, I have first hand experience at all levels of the education system: from learners who are 6-months old to university graduate students. I have been a student in both public and private schools, and I have been a teacher in both public and private schools. I believe in our public school system and think that a competitive and rigorous education is attainable for all our learners.
What are some issues that you would like to stand for in your role as School Trustee, and why are these issues important to you?
I believe in a strong core curriculum. Teaching the basics of math, science, and writing are essential to having successful graduates.
I believe that schools should be a safe and inclusive place. I believe that young children should spend their after school hours in play; I support No Homework initiatives for elementary school children. I believe in a strong arts and culture program. Healthy kids makes healthy learners! I support physical and outdoor education at all levels of instruction. Responsible spending is key to student success. I believe that tax money should be spent on programs for students. These issues are important to me because people are important to me. Education builds citizens. We need a strong future for our city.
What is one thing in particular that you appreciate about the school ward or school division you wish to represent?
Cheerfulness! And the students' eagerness to learn!
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
Please feel welcome to contact me regarding any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org
My website is: www.marilyn-simon.com
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