Paul McCannWard 4
Paul brings with him an extensive background of political experience, a wealth of knowledge, and a highly developed skills set to serve in his capacity as Trustee. During the past 17 years he has been busy in the political forum. He was elected and served with distinction on Stony Plain’s Town Council, as the Local President of Parkland Teachers’, and on the Provincial Executive Council for the Alberta Teachers’ Association. His is truly grateful for the honour and privilege of serving the community in various capacities. Representing others around the decision-making table is not a role that should be taken lightly. Paul McCann has been actively contributing to the public education system in Parkland School Division for +40 years in the capacity as a parent, as a teacher in the classroom, as a coach, and as a leader of educators. He is both prepared and eager to continue to tackle key and ongoing local educational challenges in being acclaimed for a second term as the Trustee for Ward 4 (Stony Plain). When it comes to decision-making, Paul judges that he is still in his prime. He believes that he can continue to make a significant contribution when it comes to improving the quality of the educational experience of the children in Parkland School Division.
Paul has identified many challenges that are facing our local schools. Topping the list is the ability for Parkland School Division to meet the needs of a growing/changing and more complex student population. Priorities include meeting the demand for adequate facilities, supporting numeracy and literacy, supporting physical literacy, supporting inclusion (allocating resources to work with a greater spectrum of student learning needs within the classroom), and embedding the knowledge and wisdom of First Nations communities into curriculum. Each of these challenges has a significant impact on the health and well-being of each child in PSD classrooms. Paul is committed to creating a culture where parents and key stakeholders feel a sense of ownership in the educational decisions that are made on behalf of their children. A healthy school environment is the result of decisions made at the Board level and best determined through the collective input of the entire community.