TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Susan Swackhammer, a teacher with the Grand Erie
District School Board and president of the Grand Erie ETFO Teacher Local, was
today elected vice-president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
Swackhammer, who has served on the provincial executive for four years,
told the more than 500 delegates attending the federation's annual meeting in
Toronto that teachers must resist the continual downloading of more and more
Ministry of Education and school board initiatives. She noted that elementary
public school teachers will be earning less than their colleagues, while being
expected to do more and more. "It's time to just say no."
Swackhammer has taught all grades from kindergarten to grade 8. She
served as president of the Brant Teacher Local of the Federation of Women
Teachers Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) from 1991-1995 and began serving on
the FWTAO provincial executive in 1995. She was one of the founding executive
members of ETFO and served as its first vice-president from 1998-2000.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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