Moving forward, building together

I am running for ETT executive officer in an upcoming bi-election. The voting will begin on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. and will end on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.

After spending the past eight years as a classroom teacher, I am running because I would like to work with the executive in support of a better working and learning environment for all: smaller class sizes, healthy schools, properly funded and maintained infrastructure and school resources, well maintained Information Technology that makes the best use of our professional time. Schools are among the foundations of a strong, more equal, community and ETT plays a key role in shaping our schools.

As classroom teachers we regularly use our own finances to ensure that the classroom is ready for our students. We volunteer our time - lunches, pre and post school time for committee work, and for extra-curricular actives. Without your good-will and additional hard work, schools could not function. At times we feel this work is not appreciated or recognized, yet we faithfully and professionally carry out our responsibilities every day. Recognizing this commitment, I'll work hard to empower members to protect their rights under our collective agreement.

We know that members needs are served by building better schools and building relations with parents and community members, our natural allies in a strong public educational system. We need to use our time in a way that supports our students' academic success. I will advocate for equity for teachers: This includes proper maternity and bereavement leave, gender and LGBTQ protection and anti-racism education.

I am a committed advocate for public education and will work hard to protect your needs and uphold our collective agreement.

Together we can build a better educational system that ensures healthy working conditions.

I hope to have your support on January 12th, 2015