Certified to teach in Ontario: 1996
Current employment: Teacher
Employer: Algoma District School Board
Grew up in Thunder Bay and attended Trent, Queen’s and Lakehead. Came to teaching after a career in museums, Parks Canada, peddling yo-yos and teaching at university. Taught Grades 4 to 12 in the Yukon for five years before moving to the Soo in 2001. Since then has been teaching Grades 10 to 12 history, law, religion and philosophy.
Served at the school level for the OSSTF on and off over the past 15 years. Federation service has been tremendous professional development, allowing for awareness of trends and issues in education. It’s enabled him to better serve the profession and the public interest. Students are what this business is about; teachers serve the students and the federations protect this relationship.
Teachers are the education system where the rubber hits the road. Teacher professionalism is key to its success. Teachers serve the public. The College should serve teachers. When it doesn’t, the College fails to serve the public interest. It has become a tool of harassment used to intimidate and de-professionalize teachers. As a member of Council he will be a strong voice to get the College back on track supporting teacher professionalism, not attacking it.
I’m a veteran teacher nearing the end of my career and I don’t need this for my resumé. I like teaching; I like the classroom and I like to help my students become better versions of themselves. When I meet them years later in the supermarket, they thank me. I’m grateful. My wife is a teacher (ETFO), as is her sister, my sister and her husband; it’s the family business.
I have never been a fan of the College. I find it has little relevance to me, my students or teaching, and I know I’m not alone in this view. The College has become an oppression upon us, a bloated, self-perpetuating bureaucracy that’s out of touch with teachers and the public. College fees are high and always rising, out of step with either inflation or our salaries. What value do we get for our payments? Some fancy real estate for which we have to pay and pay? A subscription to a glossy magazine, filled with splashy PR vanity pieces of little relevance to anyone who actually teaches? The infamous blue pages detail a mix of egregious professional misconduct and absurdly trivial matters, cases of board administrators persecuting a hapless victim enabled by the College. The College neither effectively promotes the profession nor protects the public interest. What would I do if elected? Work with like-minded members to fix the College, which should be by, for and about teachers promoting education, not punishing educators.
Eligible nominators (Registration)
- Vince Buczel, OCT (446790)
- Derek Carlson, OCT (439756)
- Terri Lyn Della Penta, OCT (457274)
- Monica Dvorak-Tong, OCT (445623)
- Brandon Grasley, OCT (465788)
- Jennifer Jill Inch, OCT (420054)
- Tom Keenan, OCT (201312)
- Jared Klooster, OCT (448891)
- Matt Lance, OCT (494180)
- Tony Lopes, OCT (260522)
- Darren McClelland, OCT (192466)
- Donny Muto, OCT (476034)
- Louis Parent, OCT (283438)
- Tracy Reid, OCT (262982)
- Stephen Zimmermann attests that he is eligible and willing to be nominated, meets all the requirements to run for the Northwest Region – 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 his Nomination).
- Stephen Zimmermann does not hold an excluded position that would prevent him from serving on Council (in response to question 4 of the Candidate Statement part of his Nomination).
- Stephen Zimmermann acknowledges that, if elected, he 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 his Nomination).