Occupation: School Board Trustee
Number of children: 2
Ages of children: 13 and 16
Do you live in the school district that you seek to represent? Yes
For how long have you lived in district that you represent? 20+ years, Sentinel Graduate '88
What higher education qualifications do you hold? B.A. Political Science - UBC, Project Management - Schulich School of Business Exec Dev.
What PAC experience have you had? 4 years PAC Chair at Pauline Johnson, 1 year DPAC Executive
Incumbent: How many years have you served on the board? 4
How many board meetings did you attend in person in the last year? I have attended every board meeting over four years save one due to illness.
What is the single biggest challenge facing the school district and how will you achieve a solution? The trend of personalized learning will continue to grow as more students register for specialty programs in addition to their traditional learning portfolios. New, for-credit courses offered by our district include Robotics, Animation, Environmental Science, Yoga Instruction, Carpentry, Fencing and Honour Choir alongside a wide array of athletic-based academies.
What are your thoughts on the province’s new curriculum? I am confident that the fundamentals of numeracy/literacy remain a priority alongside new approaches to teaching core competencies like critical thinking, collaboration and personal responsibility.
Why do we need a school board when so much is dictated by the province? Local leadership matters in a large provincial system with 550,000 students. A Trustee's personal connection with his/her district leads to better governance of public schools.
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