On our first day of 2012, I would like to share an important message with you.
It is with the overwhelming support of my family and many colleagues, friends, and mentors that I will be running in the by-election for Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Trustee for Ward 20 – Scarborough-Agincourt. I am excited & encouraged for the next two months of campaigning. I hope you will come along for the ride.
Over the past few months, I have considered the range of career opportunities available after graduation. Anything and everything under the sun has been suggested- from oversea teaching gigs, employment with local boards, to tutoring. I’ve considered continuing my studies or entering the private sector. As some of you may know, I have not been 100% convinced that one opportunity was better suited for me than another.
I have spent the last two years navigating and switching between my identities as student, teacher, educator/mentor, researcher, community member, and advocate. Yes, I am a multi-purpose, multi-identity stakeholder in education. Becoming the Trustee for Ward 20 would allow me to continue this often messy, complex, yet invigorating work. This time though, it is beyond informal conversations with peers or teachers – it is with the stakeholders themselves and with some weight in decision-making.
My reflections, learning, and experiences have always brought me back to the big picture, the critical implications of our definitions, practices, and values of teaching, learning, and education. Would you agree there is dissonance in what is and what could be?
We all know we’ve got work to do. Let’s get the votes.