I have been very fortunate to live all 47 years of my life in North Vancouver, attending Seymour Heights Elementary and Windsor Secondary. I presently live in Lynn Valley, one of the many great communities in the District of North Vancouver. My children proudly attend Lynn Valley Elementary. I work, live and play in the nature beauty of the North Shore mountains upon the unceded traditional territory of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
As a public school teacher of 25 years, I know the daily challenges school communities face during the pandemic.
· Anxiety and mental health issues among students, parents, and staff.
· Financial shortfalls amplified by increased cost of safety measures in schools and decreasing international enrollment.
· Loss of performing arts, sports, field trips, and school-based events that are paramount to the identity of our schools.
I live these challenges each and every day.
With safety and transparency as a core value, I am running for School Trustee to help bring community back to schools. Together, we can build on the lessons of COVID as we bring back the performing arts, athletics, field trips, and ceremonies/celebrations that make our schools great.
My expertise will provide the School Board with an “on the ground” perspective into the issues raised by parents, teachers and, most importantly, students. I will work with honesty and integrity while drawing on my deep experience to support our outstanding learning communities.
Over 20 years experience as a public school teacher in the areas of Mathematics, International Baccalaureate, and Career Learning
Highly trained in financial mathematics and budgeting with years of experience as an Auditor of a non profit performing arts society
Highly trained in STEM learning with a focus on numeracy, coding and educational technology
3 years as a Project Manager at UBC leading educational projects in the area of career transition for students
Employed by IB World (International Baccalaureate) as an Assessment Team Leader and Supervisor
Member of North Shore Secondary Coaches Association and respected High School Football Coach for over 15 years
Knowledgeable in the areas of educational reform, assessment, educational policy, and curriculum.
Detailed knowledge of current BC Curriculum including Provincial Assessments, Core Competencies, and Indigenous Education
Effective leadership prioritizes meaningful engagement with all stakeholders including students, parents, staff and other educational partners
Schools teach our students to adapt. But at this crossroads schools need to adapt as well. This is an opportunity to change our school system for the better.
Schools should be safe places where all students can learn, take risks and reach their potentials. We need to prioritize every student individually and equally without prejudice.
Choices in education lead to actively engaged students. School Districts need to continue to adapt what we offer to meet the changing demands of students and our communities.
We need to make informed decisions about our school sites including those presently not used by public school students. The elementary children on my street walk over 1 km to school. A school that has 4 portables while our yards back on to a private school that used to be Westover Elementary School. Other families moving into the area of Lynn Valley Mall are told they can no longer send their children to the school 200 meters away but are required to send them 1.5 km down Mountain Highway.
We need to make decisions that prioritize all students equally.
My primary focus is to support students, parents and staff out of the pandemic
I am the most qualified in understanding the current issues schools face - someone who is in the schools every day
I am genuinely running to make a difference in the community I live in - this is not a political stepping stone for me
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