The teacher’s role and expectations continue to grow. Teachers are working harder and challenges in meeting students’ diverse needs, large class sizes and ongoing school/district initiatives are overwhelming.
Critical issues that we need to address include: mounting teacher workload that infringes on time to collaborate and refine teaching practice, funding to optimize teaching/learning environments, full support for classroom complexities encompassing inclusion and ELL, ideal class sizes, autonomy in personal professional development, work/life integration, and competitive salaries that include the cost of living.
By collectively championing all teachers through our ATA, we create the best education system for our students. We move forward by forging partnerships with education stakeholders, lobbying the provincial government, rallying public support and increasing member engagement. Together, we are strong.
I am honoured to represent Edmonton and Fort McMurray teachers on Provincial Executive Council. It is your expertise and commitment to students and community that build our globally recognized public education system. Thank you for your dedication to children and teaching. I encourage you to participate in our Association so that, together, we can provide what is best for you and our profession. As your voice, I remain committed to listening and to supporting your work at its best by advocating for all teachers.
Markiana is passionate about teaching and learning.
Her teaching experience includes kindergarten through adult education and English to international students. Professional roles include ATA professional development instructor and facilitator, curriculum developer, and working with children and adults in care. Markiana has held various ECT local executive positions, including vice-president.
Currently, she is a learning coach and represents Edmonton McMurray teachers on Provincial Executive Council, serving on the Communications, Advocacy, and Public Education committee, the resolutions committee, and as PEC liaison to the Early Childhood Education Council.