I am a mom, a teacher and an education advocate.
I have lived in both the Wards I wish to represent and have dedicated my life to working and volunteering with children though Girl Guides, running Summer Reading Programs, Park n’ Play programs with the city of Calgary, while teaching in classrooms and as serving as Key Communicator for School Council. I have volunteered in my community with the Northern Hills Community Association and as a Policy Director and as Mural Director where I helped lead the Largest Mural in Canada project which saw over 700 community members show up over two days to help get it painted. I have the education and experience to best represent Wards 3&4 as your Trustee.
Statement of beliefs
I believe in Public Education.
I believe all students can learn.
I believe good education should give all students the skills and knowledge to be successful in life.
Build relationships- with schools, communities, and parents. To be visible and accountable.
To provide adequate funding for those with exceptionalities.
To set a cap on classroom sizes. Students learn better with more one-on-one time with their teacher.
Views on funding
The role of a School Board is to actively engage with the Provincial Government and advocate on behalf of those they serve for adequate funding to fulfill the goal that all students will graduate with the skills necessary to be a productive member of society and to have the knowledge to continue on in their learning whether it be in a formal setting or on their own. School Boards then need to prioritize monies received to benefit all students to carry out this goal.
How learning conditions can be improved
Number one thing I can do is to reduce classroom sizes. This would have the single greatest effect on relationship building and thus student learning outcomes.
There are others and each school and classroom will know best how to create amazing learning spaces, as a Board we need to be there to listen and support in any way we can those improvements.
How trustees and school boards can best support teachers
Trustees need to first build relationships with teachers, we need to see ourselves united in the Education of the future generations. And second we need to start listening, teachers are telling us what they need to be successful if we would just listen and support them. Teachers are the experts when it comes to implementing classroom management techniques, differentiation all while teaching students the curriculum. Trustees and Boards need to implement policy that doesn't get in the way of that and the only way to know that for sure is for Trustees to build those trusting relationships with teachers.
Views on recently released draft curriculum
I am against its implementation. I am disappointed how Eurocentric, neurotypical, and heteronormative this entire draft is. Fixing pieces of it as is being done online does not fix these underlying issues. As an educator and parent myself, I do not want to teach this or have my children taught it.
How to encourage and facilitate the calls to action as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Having read both the calls to action from the TRC and the White Goose Flying report, I believe it is our job as Trustees to implement as many as possible with the help of Indigenous appointed Trustees to our Board. We need to make Education less of a barrier to the Indigenous students we serve.Visit website