Board of Directors Candidates

The following candidates have submitted their applications to be considered by the STAO membership as members of the STAO Board of Directors for a term from January 2022 – January 2025 and are being recommended by the STAO Governance & Nominating Committee. Further nominations can be made by contacting Dr. Ralph Chou at Ralph.Chou@STAO.ca.

Mahfuza Rahman

Mahfuza Rahman

President-Elect

Mahfuza Rahman is the acting Coordinator for Mathematics, Science, STEM and Robotics for the Toronto District School Board. In the past 20 years, she has been a teacher of math, various sciences, a guidance counsellor, a teacher-librarian, and hybrid-teacher digital lead learner; Mahfuza brings all these experiences to her current position to support educators in building global competence, a community of critical, innovative learners and scientifically literate citizenry. Mahfuza has been a member of STAO since 2000 and held various roles within the organization such as Regional Counsellor, Conference Program Co-Chair and Secretary. She has also supported various STAO committees and events during her time with the organization.

Candidate Statement of Interest:

In the past two years, the inequities in society were laid bare for the world to see. At the same time, we saw the importance of both science and education in our world. As educators, we have the responsibility and duty to help combat inequities, more specifically as science educators, to ensure the importance of science in society with a scientifically literate citizenry. 

Our students will need creative, agile science teachers with diverse perspectives and knowledge that are able to support them to become the future leaders and active citizens. 

As an organization of educators, we have a unique opportunity to foster and support change within the classroom and potentially in society. I wish to continue working with STAO to create a more inclusive science education space where our teachers and subsequently their students see themselves and are able to thrive!

Lillian Dong

Lillian Dong

Treasurer

Lillian Dong is a Tax Senior Manager at KPMG LLP in Toronto where her work is centered on compliance, risks control, process improvement, and cash flow management from both tax and business perspectives. She has extensive experience in financial reporting, auditing, tax compliance and budgeting for both private and public companies incorporated in Canada, the USA and China. Lillian has her Master of Science in Accounting degree from Suffolk University in Boston. She is registered as both a Chartered Accountant with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Massachusetts. Lillian is a member of CPA Ontario and CPA (Massachusetts).

Candidate Statement of Interest:

I am passionate to join STAO in advocating for more diverse representation in the teaching profession as a whole and working together towards the ultimate goal of high-quality science and technology education for all students across Ontario.

Perry Tsergas

Perry Tsergas

Member-at-Large

Perry Tsergas is the founding President & CEO of spark*advocacy, a public affairs marketing and communications firm based in Ottawa, Ontario. He has over a decade of experience in communications, public opinion research, public affairs, as well as another 7 years  experience working in Canadian politics. Perry has a strong interest in science and passion for science literacy, being an unabashed space geek and fan of modern science communicators like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, David Attenborough, Katie Mack and Chris Hadfield. Perry holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and Politics from Carleton University. 

Candidate statement of interest:

I am grateful to the membership of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario for your consideration as a board member at large.

I feel that my background would be well-suited to what the organization needs as it looks to fulfill its mission and vision for 2022 and beyond. I would bring to the table years of experience in marketing & communications, public opinion research, advocacy & public affairs, business administration, as well as an energy & enthusiasm for science, science communication, and the critical role teachers play in advancing science literacy. For teachers to play this role they must be supported by government, the media, and parents alike. This is where I know I can help make a difference.

I will work tirelessly to help STAO advocate for and tell the story of science teachers in Ontario. Teachers are on the front lines of advancing science education and instilling a passion for curiosity in the minds of students. I believe that the last several years have shown us how important science literacy is to a healthy, functioning society. STAO has an important role to play, and I hope to be able to support the organization.

Brian Tsui

Brian Tsui

Member-at-Large

An elementary teacher with the York Region District School Board, Brian Tsui teaches mathematics, French, and music, and is presently a Lead Teacher (Technology) at his school. He is chair of the Political Action Committee of ETFO at the provincial level and for the past two years has been a member of the STAO Elementary Curriculum Committee. His students have won awards in robotics, paper glider and Lego mechanical engineering competitions with Skills Ontario. Brian obtained his BSc in Mathematics from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and his Master of Teaching degree from OISE. He is an OCT member, qualified to teach from Grades 4 to 12.

Candidate statement of interest: 

Science education is of paramount importance because technological advances depend on our next generation. This is the reason why I joined STAO and why I have enrolled students to participate in numerous Skills Ontario competitions. I hope that as a board member, I will be able to represent the voices of elementary teachers who often have to teach many subjects in addition to science. I also hope to use my experience in political action to lobby for science specialist teachers in elementary schools, advocate for more resources and more time for science in elementary schools. 

 

>
(noscript)
X