Certified to teach in Ontario: 1990
Current employment: Instructional program leader
Employer: Halton District School Board
|Wilfrid Laurier University
Halton District School Board work:
- Classroom teacher, Special Education resource teacher and co-ordinator;
- Vice-principal at three culturally and socio-economically diverse Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and Grade 7 to 12 schools; and
- Instructional program leader in both the student services and school programs departments.
Has participated in many ETFO learning opportunities around leadership and effective programming. As a vice-principal was a member of the Ontario Principals’ Council and remains an associate member. Served on Halton DSB’s local OPC executive and terms and conditions committees and participated in several PD courses.
The College and Council play an important role for educational stakeholders and students. Their work accrediting teacher-education programs and AQ courses ensures sound, rigorous, progressive, culturally responsive programs that prepare and support both early-career and experienced teachers. Their high ethical and professional standards of practice frame teachers’ work and establish and maintain public confidence in their work. The College supports the goal of educators and the wider community in establishing safe and supportive learning environments for all children. These environments allow youth to grow and flourish as they strive to reach their full potential. She welcomes the opportunity to work with a dynamic Council team to provide strong leadership and support for all stakeholders.
I have followed many pathways during 27 years in education at the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels. Tertiary experience was with Charles Sturt University, an international Ontario public university. Roles included program director for the bachelor of primary education studies teacher education program, lecturer and faculty supervisor.
I have been committed to providing leadership and support for educators, students and the wider community to nurture learning in supportive, inclusive environments. I have had local, provincial and international experience with effective programming and PD in Special Education, curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation, safe and inclusive schools, mental health, FSL, ESL, ethics, equity and inclusive education.
My experiences include being an executive member and vice-president of Ontario’s Committee of Youth Officers for 12 years. This association works closely with various ministries, police services and community agencies to advocate for effective support of schools and students by community police officers.
I co-authored with the OPP the KIDS (Knowledge, Issues, Decisions, Supports) program for Grade 6 students. This work included training 50 school resource police officers to implement the program and helping develop a tool to assess its effectiveness.
I enjoy being a member of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program (TDP) with my golden retriever. We have visited Halton Women’s Place, children with special needs at schools, read with struggling readers as part of the Paws 4 Stories program at local libraries and attended many community events. I am also one of the evaluators for Burlington’s TDP.
Eligible nominators (Registration)
- Nadia Ali, OCT (615606)
- Ian Brandon, OCT (253661)
- Siobhan Chirico, OCT (629600)
- Joanna Doria, OCT (449914)
- Roberto Garcia, OCT (473445)
- Sandra Hall, OCT (274505)
- Sharon Langman, OCT (431722)
- Sandra Lynch, OCT (195843)
- Shelley Michaluk, OCT (276617)
- Jacqueline Ramier, OCT (500157)
- Judy Sackville-Boyd, OCT (256923)
- Joanna Sandford, OCT (425323)
- Marla Wenzel, OCT (195608)
- Debra Zeagman, OCT (261045)
1. Paige Bennett attests that she is eligible and willing to be nominated, meets all the requirements to run for the SouthCentral Region – Part-Time/Full-Time position and to serve on Council, confirms that all information provided is accurate and agrees to the publication of this information (in response to questions 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the Candidate Statement part of her Nomination).
2. Paige Bennett does not hold an excluded position that would prevent her from serving on Council (in response to question 4 of the Candidate Statement part of her Nomination).
3. Paige Bennett acknowledges that, if elected, she will be required to swear an oath or make an affirmation to serve in the public interest prior to assuming a Council position (in response to question 5 of the Candidate Statement part of her Nomination).
1. How can the College – and you specifically – work to achieve its strategic priorities? Please choose a priority and discuss.
Strategic Priority #2, “Develop strategies to facilitate the ongoing professional learning of members” is important to teachers.
Teachers benefit from having a wide range of learning opportunities they can choose to access to support their growth and development.
I recognize that AQ courses are pivotal in teacher professional learning. I will work with members to ensure that the College’s guidelines are continually reflective of the educational climate and responsive to current issues, needs and research. As a Council member I will reach out and collaborate with members, draw on their expertise and seek input into the diverse range of Additional Qualifications the College accredits.
In the province there are some issues with equity of access to professional learning (for example, technological, geographical and financial). I will advocate for access to, and differentiated modes of professional learning that are reflective of teachers’ learning styles, and their years of experience in the profession.
2. What can the College do to promote the public interest in the teaching profession?
The College engages in many forms of outreach to the public and members of the profession to raise awareness of its mission, vision, values and strategic priorities. The College utilizes different forms of social media to share relevant information and publishes an online newsletter and magazine. They collaborate with faculties of education and inform teacher candidates about the professional and ethical standards related to the profession. These are important strategies and modes of communicating the College’s messages.
To further promote public interest and confidence in the teaching profession, it is important that the College highlight, on a broader scale, the positive and impactful work that teachers do on a daily basis. Every day teachers seek opportunities to empower and support children and youth through the work they do in their classrooms, school and the global community. There needs to be a stronger focus on these contributions.
3. What knowledge, skills and experience do you have that will contribute to the College’s fulfillment of its mandate?
I have had experience at the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.
I have been an elementary classroom and special education teacher, a vice principal at both elementary and secondary schools and an Instructional Program Leader in both Student Services and School Programs departments in the Halton District School Board.
At the tertiary level I was the Program Director for the teacher education program at Charles Sturt University. The team of lecturers and I worked closely with the College on the accreditation of the teacher education program and AQ courses. Together we created an informed, diverse, culturally responsive two-year teacher education program according to the guidelines established by the College.
This combined knowledge will be an asset to the Council as I have a multitude of lenses in the field of education. I believe in transparency, collaboration, and ensuring all stakeholders are engaged in meaningful dialogue.