James Gerun, a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools, will join the Teacher Welfare program area of the Alberta Teachers’ Association as an executive staff officer starting Dec. 1.
Alongside a high school teaching career that has spanned more than 25 years, Gerun has built a significant scope of Association experience at the local and provincial levels. School representative, local Annual Representative Assembly delegate, negotiating subcommittee member and Economic Policy Committee chair are some of the roles he has undertaken and continues to fulfil at the local level.
“I’m really looking forward to taking what I’ve learned from my work with the Association and my experience as a teacher in the field and using it all to assist and support other teachers,” Gerun said.
At the provincial level, Gerun has been a member of two Association discipline committees and served on its Teacher Welfare Services Committee. He has also represented the Association on departmental advisory committees on social studies curriculum and assessment. Over the last 10 years he was an economic consultant with the Association, a role that saw him assist ATA local economic policy committees with work related to collective bargaining.
Gerun has also been very involved in supporting extracurricular activities at his school.
Gerun’s appointment by Provincial Executive Council came at its October meeting.