By Andrew Ehrkamp
Joan Crockett has spent decades as an advocate for Catholic education. She wants to continue that for another term if she’s re-elected as a trustee for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools.
“I’ve been working with children for 30 years, and want to continue to promote Catholic schools in a positive way,” said Crockett, a former teacher, who has been a trustee for the past eight years.
“I am committed to addressing the needs of all students, teachers, and parents while meeting the standards set out by Alberta Education and the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
Crockett noted the Greater St. Albert Catholic school district is among the highest achieving in the province.
However, there are several challenges facing the next school board, including retaining students within the district as they move from junior to senior high school.
“We’ve had major consultations with parents, and what they want to see is a variety of school programs. They want coding, drama, recreation programs, more of those as options,” Crockett said.
That challenge applies not only to existing schools within the district, but two new ones as well. Sister Alphonse Academy in St. Albert and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy in Morinville are expected to be completed in 2018 and 2019.
Crockett said parents at Vital Grandin Catholic School in St. Albert, which has a high Filipino population, would also like to see a Tagalog language program.
“Parents want dynamic programming, and I am committed to integrating as many of these programs as possible within the district’s allocated budget,” said Crockett, adding Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools will face financial challenges, including higher transportation costs for students.
Crockett has been chair and vice chair of the board, and a representative of the Alberta School Boards Association, Alberta Teachers Association and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association.
She said that experience has given her “a greater understanding of the issues facing our families as well as insight into the government’s mandate on education” and she’ll continue to work with Alberta Education if she’s re-elected on Oct. 16.
Crockett is married, with three kids who attended local schools. She’s been an active member of St. Albert Parish since 1980, serving in a variety of ministries including marriage preparation and children’s liturgy.
Crockett is also a volunteer with the STAR adult literacy program, the Salvation Army, and Canadian Blood Services donor bank.
On social media, Crockett can be reached on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crockett.joan and on Twitter at @joananncrockett.
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