School trustee candidate Q&A: Susan Oxford

How long have you been living in Thompson?

This is my fourth year. I was born and raised in Toronto. I was working up in Slave Lake, Alberta before I came here.

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What do you do for a living?

I’m a librarian at University College of the North. I have been a newspaper reporter and editor.

Why do you want to be on the school board?

I have an interest in the resources at the schools, the librarian-teacher positions and how the students’ learning is being helped. I would like the board to look at that. I have a good background, with a master of education and a master of library science. It brings a bit of insight. I do have municipal committee experience. I just believe that I can bring a lot to it.

What is the most important educational issue you want to address if elected?

Funding and how that funding is going to be applied. Classroom sizes have become larger under this government. That’s a lot for a teacher. We need to reduce the class sizes or hire more teachers. I’m going to be making sure that teachers, staff and students have all the resources they need, support the teachers’ union to help and make sure students have the best education that they deserve.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I have two master’s degrees. It helps me to understand pedagogy and curriculum, the different concepts that will probably be talked about. I work with students and I want to see them come into the post-secondary system very prepared. I have an interest in children, their growth and development and also to help the teachers provide the best that they can for the students.

Anything else you want to add?

If elected I promise to work very hard at this and I’m doing this for the students, the teachers and the staff.

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