Public education is the cornerstone of our society. It is the great equalizer that gives all children a chance at success. Following years of underfunding and a Supreme Court ruling that reorganized classroom structure, public education is in a significant process of change including a new curriculum and upcoming collective bargaining. Our children need a strong and experienced advocate to maintain high educational standards and to ensure successful learning environments. Jessica has the experience and background to be the advocate our schools need. As school trustee, Jessica will:
- Prioritize learning environments and student success for ALL students
- Be transparent and responsive
- Strengthen collaborative and respectful relationships
- Make evidence-based decisions
Ensuring success for ALL students must be the number one priority for school trustees. Every decision must hold students and our community in mind and strive for equitable and inclusive schools. Our school board must understand how learning and mental health challenges affect our classrooms in order to allocate funds appropriately. We need to better assess and meet the academic and emotional needs of our students in the classroom and on our playgrounds. Our students need up-to-date learning materials and increased educator attention, and schools need to be safe and clean learning environments. Children also need safe and active routes to school which in turn supports their ability to focus and succeed in the classroom.
School district governance must be transparent and responsive. Schools are the hub of our communities; decisions affecting our schools deeply impact our communities. Students, parents, and community members should be welcome contributors to school district decisions, including land use, strategic planning, and educational programs. Our community wants meaningful consultation and improved communication from our school district which in turn will foster engagement and increase transparency.
Strengthening collaborative and respectful relationships with teachers, staff, and community members will improve decision-making and school district governance. The insight from our partner groups better informs school district decisions and direction. Fostering cooperative and respectful partnerships will improve morale, functioning, and efficiency. Developing a new strategic plan through meaningful consultation will engage all members of our school district to work together for the betterment of our children’s future.
Jessica has the knowledge, experience and passion to work collaboratively with all members of Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District to reach these goals. She is the experienced, fresh perspective that our community needs.