Central North     

(one to be elected)

James HansenTop of page

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My name is James Hansen, and I am running for Central North district representative of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. I see my role as district representative (DR) as one of service. I am here for you, to hear what you need from the Association and to help you receive it. As DR, I would be an advocate for the learning conditions of students and the corresponding working conditions for teachers. As DR, I will be a voice championing the professional autonomy of teachers as well as promoting the value of public and Catholic education.

During my time within the Alberta Teachers’ Association, I have discovered how each local is part of the larger provincial picture of teachers. We make up a larger, more diverse community but one with many similarities. I see my role as one of bringing the concerns and issues of each teacher to the attention of Provincial Executive Council (PEC), as well as facilitating the discussion of the larger provincial picture back to the specifics of the particular local situation. 

I have represented teachers within the Alberta Teachers’ Association in ­positions such as Economic Policy Committee chair and Annual Representative Assembly delegate. These experiences have given me the tools I need to ­advocate for you as teachers.

I have been teaching for 11 years. Nine of those years have been with ­Evergreen Catholic at St. John Paul II School in Stony Plain. I have taught Divisions I/II and have been a senior boys basketball coach for many years. I am married to Donna and we have three children: Sara, Michael and Maria.

Please vote for me so I can work for you.

Robert TwerdoclibTop of page

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The Alberta Teachers’ Association must resist defining the deteriorating classroom conditions and increasing teacher workload as the result of Alberta’s financial woes. Facts continue to point in the same direction: successive Alberta governments manage under an unsustainable revenue model. Classroom learning conditions and teachers’ conditions of practice must reject excuses for underfunding from government. Alberta governments are poor by choice. Until there is serious and meaningful revenue reform, funding for education will not change.

In the coming school year teachers will again face challenges that affect their ability to provide students with the best education possible. We must continue to ensure funding and support for inclusive education, classroom working conditions, class size and mental health initiatives so that these remain at the forefront of all of our educational stakeholders.

In the near future, teachers, public education and public Catholic education may face political challenges, exceptional risks and short-lived opportunities that will demand much from our Association.

With your support in this byelection, I will be your voice with the experience, strength and passion that will be required to ensure public education is a top priority for Albertans. 

I will continue to advocate for our Association to work as a team to build ­consensus, and together build an engaged and informed membership. 

I will guarantee the voices of teachers in Central North are clearly articulated. 

I am excited by this opportunity and look forward to working with you.
Robert Twerdoclib is a classroom teacher in Parkland School Division. He has served as

  • provincial vice-president, district representative and Parkland Teachers’ Local No. 10 president;
  • chair of the curriculum, finance and resolutions committees, and a member of the professional conduct, membership eligibility, political engagement, review of role of superintendents and Teacher Welfare services committees; and
  • PEC liaison with the Council of School Counsellors, Social Studies Council, Outreach ­Education Council and GEOEC.