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Greater Essex County teacher Mario Spagnuolo re-elected to provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

August 15, 2019

TORONTO, ON – Mario Spagnuolo, a teacher and first vice-president of the Greater Essex County Teacher Local, has been re-elected to the provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Spagnuolo was first elected to the Executive in 2017.

Speaking to more than 800 ETFO members at the Federation’s Annual Meeting, Spagnuolo said, “We are facing an unprecedented attack on public education from the Ford Conservative government, a challenge the likes of which we have not seen in ETFO’s 20 year history.”

“Along with defending public education through ETFO’s collective bargaining, we will continue to advocate for a fair funding formula that will reduce class sizes and increase supports for students with special needs. We’ll push for the elimination of EQAO standardized testing and will work to protect Ontario’s Full-Day Kindergarten model and fair hiring practices,” added Spagnuolo.

Mario began his teaching career in 2001 in the town of Essex, teaching French as a Second Language to students in grades 4 through 8. He has served his local as first vice-president, chief negotiator and member of the collective bargaining committee.

At the provincial level, Mario has served as a member of ETFO’s Budget Committee and Representative Council Steering Committee as well as the French as a Second Language and Professional Relations and Discipline Standing Committees.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at BuildingBetterSchools.ca.

For more information contact:
Valerie Dugale: (416) 948-0195 (cell); vdugale@etfo.org
Denise Hammond: (416) 948-2428 (cell); dhammond@etfo.org