I am a parent living in Ward C with two children attending school in our ward. Before becoming a Trustee, I was an active member of my children’s School Council, and a proponent of the importance of public education, community schools, and student well-being.
My background as a psychologist means that I have a passion for mental health. I’ve worked as a counsellor in schools and post-secondary institutions and I know the importance of having access to support when it is needed. The first motion I brought before our board as a Trustee was a motion to advocate for dedicated funding for access to mental health professionals in schools.
I also have a heart for research and best practice in education. As part of obtaining my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta, I conducted research on bullying and bystander intervention in Edmonton Public Schools. I’ve worked as a researcher delving into best practices and I strive to look for ways that board decisions can be made in light of evidence-based practice in education.
I also care deeply about community, equity and ensuring that all students receive access to the supports needed to be successful in school. My community and volunteer work has often centred around promotion of equity in access to services, and I view one of the important roles of Trustee as that of an advocate for the needs of students in our district.
Working collaboratively to arrive at decisions is what I strive for and I have been working hard to listen to community members to gain insight from their experiences and ideas. I am currently working with parents in Ward C to establish a Ward Council, where parents and community members can have a relationship with their school board representative, learn about what comes before the Edmonton School Board of Trustees, and bring that voice to board work.