TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Mike Lumb, a teacher with the Limestone District
School Board and president of the Limestone ETFO Teacher Local, has been
re-elected to the Executive of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO). The election took place at ETFO's annual meeting in Toronto today.
Lumb has been a teacher for 14 years and has taught grades Kindergarten
In running for the executive, Lumb told the more than 600 annual meeting
delegates that while ETFO has many accomplishments to celebrate over its ten
year history, there is still work to be done.
"It is clear from the 'Close the Gap' campaign that public elementary
teachers and elementary education are still undervalued. Much needs to be done
in educating Ontarians about the needs of young children and their teachers,"
"We still face the task of providing education at a time when politics
has intruded deeply into our school system. Sheer workload continues to impair
our ability to be effective and quantitative measurement continues to
interfere with quality performance.
"These are obvious problems and these will remain our focus until we are
provided with at least the same time, resources, and respect that are accorded
our secondary colleagues."
Lumb has served on the provincial executive for the last four years and
has been the president and chief negotiator of his local for the past eight
years. In addition, he has sat on the provincial Teacher Education/Faculty
Liaison Committee and has participated in the provincial mentorship program.
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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