"Make Kids First"
Improvement to Schools
As a School Trustee and father, I feel strongly
to "Make Kids First".
In all that I do, I put our children at the forefront to ensure
that decisions are made to promote the best available education; and
guarantee that students in the Peel School system will flourish
within the financial constraints imposed by the Provincial
Government. "Making Kids First" is my mandate!
I have worked with the School Board and School community to
improve our schools through the planning and creation of new schools
and additions to our existing ones.
- 2003 - Ruth Thompson Middle School
- 2004 - Artesian Drive Public School
- 2005 - Oakridge Public School
- 2005 - Oscar Peterson Public School
- 2006 - Stephen Lewis Secondary School
School Updates Completed
- 2005 Erin Mills Senior Public School
- 2006 Oakridge Public School (Early Years Hub)
- 2006 Credit Valley Public School
- 2008 Sawmill Valley
- 2008 Brookmede
- 2008 Garthwood
- 2012 SawMill (Major Addition)
- 2013 Erin Mills Senior Public (Major Addition)
- 2013 White Oaks
- 2014 Garthwood (Major Addition)
- 2014 Brookmede (Major Addition)
- 2014 Homelands
Updates in progress
- 2014 Hillside (Major Addition)
21st Century Teaching and Learning
My job in the private sector is driven through
technology, so it was only appropriate that I would lead the charge
to give students access to technology in the classroom, since
students are already our technology leaders. The success and
innovation by staff and students at every grade level has been truly
astonishing from it's introduction only 2 years ago. Our vision is
have technology to be a normal part of the classroom experience
while providing new strategies and engagements in learning.
There is so much great things on this subject,
please review of the great documentation available on the Peel
Over the next term, I will work hard with our schools and board
to ensure equitable access to technology to ensure everyone will be
a 21st Century Leaner.
My first priority is to have a safe learning
environment for our children, an environment which allows them to flourish to the best of
their abilities. I want parents to be confident that their children
are protected. I work with the School Board and
all schools to ensure Board policies are followed and reviewed. In
addition, I work with parents and school councils to review
these policies to determine if improvements can be made.
Key items implemented
All Elementary schools now
have front door Camera Access
Visitor sign-in and
identification requirement (Badge)
Staff Identification Badges
Locked school doors during
Police and Principals
working together to coordinate safety protocols
presentations to our children by the local Community
Information nights by the
Community Officers for parents concerning gangs, drugs
and child violence.
All Day Kindergarten
Brookemede and Thornlodge were the first
All-Kindergarten programs in the Ward 2 & 8. Since then we have full
day kindergarten implemented across the school board in many cases,
additions and renovations were required.
Oakridge Readiness Hub
One of my proudest accomplishments was working to
establish the Early Years Readiness Hub at Oakridge. This program
introduced 8 years ago in Peel, provided 4 communities the
opportunity to prepare both parents and children for the transition
to school and parenthood. The establishment of the Hub with the
fantastic work provided by the Peel Staff and Administration has
proven to be a wonderful asset for the Oakridge Community.
Class Size Reductions
Elementary class sizes have been reduced from an
average size of 24.5 students 3 years ago, to approaching 20.5
students. During my previous term, my goal was to achieve the class size reduction to 20 by
2007 which we accomplished. This change as you may have been aware, has
lead to many split grades in the smaller schools, an unfortunate
outcome of the initiative which has been passed on to the
Elimination of Portables
In my first term, I worked with our
administration to remove 5 Portable. During my last term, 6 more
portables were eliminated, leaving only 4 in Ward 8 (Credit Valley).
Unfortunately over the last 4 years challenges have been faced with
the explosion of French Immersion which now represents 25% of all
Grade 1 students. These pressures and the implementation of Full Day
Kindergarten has meant portables have returned to some site. I have
been working hard with the school board to find solutions and over
the next term we should see most of the portables removed.
Advocate of Parents
I have worked as a Parent Advocate to ensure each
child receives the highest level of education available in the
award-winning Peel School Board. I have found through experience
that each child's needs are different. It is therefore imperative to
keep this focus when making any decisions concerning their future.