I Have a Concern
Talking With the Teacher
Children and youth have the right to receive the highest standard of education possible to reach their full potential, and to be safe and protected from all forms of harm while in the care of any person. They also have the right to participate and voice their opinions about matters that affect them.
Students, parents or members of the public who have questions or concerns about a teacher’s professional conduct or competence are encouraged to talk with the individual first unless it is a matter of harassment, abuse or constitutes a criminal offence. In these cases, there is a statutory duty to report the issue to the proper authorities.
Talking with the teacher has proven to be the most effective and timely way to resolve these situations. Parents are also encouraged to engage early and often with their child’s teacher to develop an ongoing relationship that can facilitate the early resolution of any questions or concerns as they arise. If after talking with the teacher the issue remains unresolved, the next step is to elevate the questions or concerns to the principal and/or the employing school board or conseil scolaire.
Elevating the Question or Concern
Supervision and evaluation of teachers is the responsibility of school-based and school board administrators as part of the employer/employee relationship. Their role is to provide the appropriate supports for teaching and learning, and to work with teachers to develop a classroom and school environment that nurtures student well-being and growth.
Students, parents or members of the public who have questions or concerns about a teacher’s professional conduct or competence, that have not been resolved by talking with the individual, are encouraged to share the situation with the principal. If this does not resolve the issue, the next step would be to engage with the school board or conseil scolaire.
When questions or concerns are not resolved at the school or board level, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and/or the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board may be able to assist.
Harassment, Abuse and Criminal Offences
There are rare occasions where the conduct of a teacher may constitute harassment, abuse or a criminal offence. In these cases, everyone has a statutory duty to report the information to the proper authorities.
The response to allegations of harassment or abuse of any person by any person in a school may be found in school board or conseil scolaire policy. Allegations involving harassment or abuse should be made to school authorities unless they are believed to be criminal in nature in which case they should be made directly to police. Board authorities may also determine that reporting to police is appropriate when they learn of the situation.
Conduct that warrants reporting to police may include allegations of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation, production and/or distribution of materials depicting the sexual victimization and exploitation of children, corrupting or luring of a child, sexual assault or kidnapping.
Criminal allegations and convictions for any of the above offences automatically initiate suspension and/or dismissal from employment processes by the school board or conseil scolaire, and a professional complaint process by the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board.
Teachers’ Bargaining Committee 2018-19
Patrick is the President of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. He was first elected in 2015 and re-elected at meetings of the STF’s governing Council in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to serving as STF President, Maze served as the President of the Regina Public School Teachers’ Association. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Regina with a master’s degree in educational administration. He began his teaching career in Regina in 1996. Patrick has also served on the Board of Governors at the University of Regina where he chaired the Board’s Human Resources Committee from 2012 to 2016.
In 2016, he obtained a certificate in labour negotiations from Queen’s University.
Brent is an experienced member of the STF’s Teachers’ Bargaining Committee. He has been a member of the Committee since 2015, and an STF Executive member since 2011. His participation in the STF’s governing Council goes all the way back to 2003. Brent earned his bachelor of arts in 1985, his bachelor of education in 1989 and his master’s of education in 2009.
In addition to his duties on the provincial bargaining team, Brent is also a member of the STF Executive’s Budget, Finance and Audit and Executive Visioning committees.
Debbie has been an educator for 26 years. She is a member of the STF Executive and has been President of the Regina Catholic School Teachers’ Association since 2012. Prior to holding that office, she was the Association’s Vice-President from 2007 to 2012. Debbie brings a unique perspective to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee, having served on both sides of teacher contract negotiations. For one round of recent bargaining talks, Debbie was President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. That meant she was a pivotal member of the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee.
Randy Schmaltz is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. He brings a wealth of experience from the education sector to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee.
Randy began teaching in 1989 and served as a school principal at a number of Saskatchewan locations for more than 20 years. After joining the Federation’s Senior Administrative Staff in August of 2010, Randy has been involved continually in many aspects of the collective bargaining process. That experience includes membership on Saskatchewan’s Joint Committee on Student and Teacher Time as well as the Task Force on Teacher Time.
In his capacity as Executive Director, Randy is the Chair of the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee.
Angela Banda comes to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee after a long and distinguished career in education. She has travelled the globe in her capacity as a presenter for Project Overseas, PDP India and the New Teachers’ Conference.
Angela taught in the K-12 public education system for 28 years before joining the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. She was a principal and vice-principal in Saskatoon for 14 years.
Al Boutin is relatively new to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. However, his roots in the province’s education sector run deep.
Al is currently a Senior Administrative Staff member at the STF. Prior to joining the Federation, Al was the Human Resources Superintendent at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.
He has twice graduated from the University of Saskatchewan; first with a bachelor of education, then with a masters degree in educational administration.
He’s been a teacher and a principal in several communities including Prince Albert, Weyburn, North Battleford and Makwa, Saskatchewan.
Al’s previous experience includes roles as Chief Spokesperson and lead negotiator for a number of LINC and non-teacher contracts. He’s looking forward to this new challenge of negotiating a provincial collective bargaining agreement for teachers all across our province.
Dustin McNichol, Ph.D
Dustin is a research and policy analyst in the areas of collective bargaining and labour relations. Prior to joining the staff of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Dustin taught at the university level for over 11 years in political philosophy, public policy and Canadian history. Dustin is also the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles on Saskatchewan history in various academic journals.
Kevin has 22 years of classroom experience, including experience as a vice-principal. His main areas of teaching expertise are in math and chemistry. He has been a member of the Federation’s Senior Administrative Staff for almost a decade.
Kevin received training in mediation from the Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada in 2016. He has recently completed training in negotiation skills from the Industrial Relations Centre at Queen’s University.