I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I would like to be the district representative for the Central region.
Education is my life. I am one of six children, three of whom are teachers. I have over a dozen teachers in my extended family. At family gatherings you are likely to hear debates over pedagogical approaches to learning or witness collaboration at its finest. My family dynamics, coupled with over 20 years of teaching experience, has made education my passion. I love our profession and want to help our public education system continue to be one of the best in the world.
I have lived in central Alberta nearly all my life. I began my teaching career in Red Deer at a middle school then ventured out to the U.S. where I was hired as female PE department head at a private Catholic boarding school in California. When I returned home to Alberta, I taught junior high special needs in Devon. Eventually, I returned to Thorsby, my alma mater, where I have been teaching division one students for the past decade.
These are interesting times for education. With provincial finances where they are, we will need strong educational advocates now more than ever. The ATA is a vital proponent and voice for teachers and the teaching profession. We need strong, qualified spokespeople to represent teachers. I have been fortunate to work for a number of years with ATA Local No. 8, where I’ve been on the Council of School Representatives, an ARA delegate, and currently hold the secretary position on the executive. I’ve loved being a representative for my school and for teachers throughout the area, and I hope that I may have the privilege of being the Central region’s next district representative.