Tom Williamson is seeking another term as administrator of School District 22 in Vernon.
Williamson is a 40+ year old teacher who has been instrumental in dual credit programs.
Williamson, who is currently vice president of the Vernon School Board, is running for a second term as a trustee.
After 40 years as a teacher and career coordinator with the Vernon School District, Williamson says the past four years on the board have been positive.
The outgoing board had worked on and approved a new five-year strategic plan. In the future, Williamson would like to continue her involvement in this process of fostering student success.
“The objective is to establish who is responsible. What are the priority tasks?” Williamson said, “These are the coordination steps the board needs to pull together the strategic plan.”
Williamson served on several school district committees and was selected by the board to represent the district as the provincial board representative to the BC School Trustees Association.
He was also Past Director of the Career Education Society and District Representative to the Industry Training Authority.
Of the three goals of education, literacy, and numeracy, Williamson focused on career development, student choice, and career transition.
He was instrumental in promoting the first dual credit program in the district, being involved with the RCMP youth academy, hockey academy as well as the golf academy .
“These formed the fundamental elements of the many academy choices available to students today,” Williamson said.
Williamson recently led the development of two new academies: Firefighter/First Responder and Health Sciences.
“It will be the first of its kind in the province, allowing students to pursue careers that require a post-secondary education, but not requiring a university degree.”
As district careers coordinator, Williamson also orchestrated the school district’s first dual-credit business program – CNC Machining/Carpentry, which produced additional dual-credit business options.
Upon completion, students received high school credits in addition to credits for the fundamental part of the trade.
“The success of this program was the precursor to many of the dual credit options available to students in School District No. 22 today,” said Williamson, whose mission statement is “Equal Justice, Equal Opportunity.”
Former Vernon school district administrator Jason Corday, who is now director of education for the Penticton school district, backs Williamson.
“I’m incredibly impressed with your passion, knowledge and experience of everything you do. It’s rare to find a visionary with such commitment to implementation,” Corday said.