TO FIND THE BEST SOLUTIONS - Listen & Critically Reflect Do not Blindly Follow
A Bit About Me
I've taught at the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College and as a student I was a Teacher's Assistant at King Edward School. I've gained experience in curriculum development, operational management, research, and evaluation and have worked in mental health, addiction, and children's developmental services. As such, I believe I have skills that would be useful in contributing to a democratic school board that respects students, parents, and teachers and advocates for the local voice with government. It is critically important to have the ability to listen to concerns and find local solutions.
I felt a sense of responsibility to contribute to finding solutions. As a teacher, lifelong student, parent of grown children, and aunt to children still in the school system, I became concerned about the impact of recent events such as vaccine mandates, lockdowns, and mask use on children, teens, and educators. In addition, there are significant issues that school boards are dealing with, such as bullying, violence, mental health, addiction, age-appropriate library resources, and ensuring that all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. These issues are made more difficult when democratic participation is prohibited. The graduation rate of the Waterloo District School Board is only 85.9%. This tells me that there were a significant number of students that the academic system was not working for in 2021.
My Experience Includes...
Teaching, Curriculum Design & Assisting Students Achieve Success
Operational Management Experience for Mental Health, Addiction & Children's Developmental Assessment & Treatment Services
Research, Planning, Program Design & Evaluation
What's Important To Me
Good Ideas come from democratic participation of students, parents, teachers, and citizens in the education process.
Measure results and research solutions: an 85.9% graduation rate means that 14.1% of students are not graduating. This needs to improve.
Provide students, teachers, and administrators with the supports they require to achieve success.