Two student trustees are elected each year by the Student Senate. The newly elected student trustees for the 2010-2011 school year are Carmen Meyette, a student at Quinte Secondary School and Emily Tetzlaff, a student from Trenton High School.
The term for the student trustees will begin in September 2010 and run to June 2011. They will serve the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) along with the Board of Trustees. Student trustees are responsible for representing the student voice from all schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.
Carmen wanted to be a student trustee for a few reasons, mainly her hopes of becoming a teacher in the future. She is eager to be involved with the education system and to be able to learn about the processes and people. Carmen feels privileged to be working with the Board of Trustees and she thinks it is a great idea to have student positions on the board.
“I hope to come away from this experience with a sense of having learned in greater detail what the driving force behind the education system is, and to understand better for myself what it is that attracts me to the field of education,” said Carmen.
Carmen feels that as much as the board finds value in hearing what the students need to say, she will greatly enjoy hearing the board conversations and debates. Education strikes Carmen as a pivotal element in our society and she feels that education is an art of passing the current generation’s knowledge and discoveries on to the next generation.
Emily is thrilled to be a student trustee because she wants to make a difference within the school board. As a member of the THS student council and the board student senate, Emily has been able to make change within her own school and school board, helping with the Youth Forum and other topics of discussion.
“I hope to gain knowledge of how to work in a professional environment and conduct myself around eminent issues and others’ opinions. I hope to increase my confidence in speaking and conveying the thoughts of my fellow students and individual opinions,” said Emily.
Emily believes that education is important because if you are not learning, you are not growing. She feels that education gives us the knowledge of everything around us, helps us become productive contributors to our society, and affords us the opportunities to build character and personal values, which will shape our lives.
The newly elected student trustees are excited to begin their term and are grateful for the opportunity to work with HPEDSB. They hope to come away from this experience with new skills and valuable knowledge of the education system.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]