Candidate Bio:   Stan Taylor B.Sc., COHS

My desire to become Peel District School Board, Trustee is rooted in my strongly held belief that public education is a profoundly important public service that is a foundation for economic success individually, as a community and a nation.  Public education is fundamental to the success of our democracy, ensuring engaged and knowledgeable citizens.  I am willing and able to work toward continuous improvement of this institution.  I will be responsive to the needs of the constituents and provide strong advocacy for both individual and Board wide concerns.

My wife and I are residents of Brampton since 1982 and our children attended and graduated from Peel DSB schools.  I am a graduate of the University of Guelph, B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and received a Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety from Ryerson Polytechnical University.  I have over 30 years experience in industrial quality assurance, environmental & safety, and regulatory affairs.  I am currently self-employed as an Environmental, Health & Safety consultant.  This gives me the flexibility in my work schedule to attend meetings, assemblies and school functions at any time of day.

I am innovative in my thinking and tenacious in working to promote important initiatives.  Since 2008, I have advocated to the Peel DSB for a return to ‘All School Year Long’ math instruction for Grade 9 and 10 students under an A/B Schedule.  This schedule pairs Math with another subject e.g. Physical  Education, on alternate school days, thereby spreading the learning over the entire school year.  This system removes long gaps between successive grade levels and allows more time to consolidate learning.  Students have more opportunity to complete homework and seek assistance.  This initiative has the support of several current trustees.  I will work with these like-minded trustees to ensure implementation of this initiative.  I presented to several school councils to raise awareness and support for this restructuring.  My advocacy efforts have re-affirmed, within Peel DSB, the principle that school council meetings are public meetings.