TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Rachel Gencey, a teacher with the Durham
District School Board and president of the ETFO Durham Teacher Local, was
re-elected to the executive of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting in Toronto today.
Gencey, who has served on the provincial executive since 2004, told the
more than 500 meeting delegates she believes teacher empowerment is the path
to the improved working conditions that will provide a work-life balance for
"The continued disparity in working conditions between elementary and
secondary panels must be our rallying point. Creative and bold steps, coupled
with the determination and solidarity of our members, will close the gap."
It is time for elementary teachers to take back their autonomy, said
Gencey, so that their choices will create the teaching environment they need.
"In so doing, we will steer the educational focus away from the testing
agenda and move it to the learning agenda. We will move the system from the
current 'strategic' and ineffective approach to school improvement to an
organic approach that ties teacher working conditions to great student
learning conditions. By asserting our collective professional wisdom we will
In 15 years of teaching, Gencey has been an occasional teacher, a teacher
librarian, a classroom teacher, and a core French teacher. She has served on
her local executive as professional development chair, grievance officer,
chief negotiator, vice-president, and president.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
73,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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