Megan Parker
2022 School Board candidate

Megan Parker

I am passionate about the power of education to manifest social change; and have been fortunate to participate in a variety of roles at educational institutions over the past 20 years.

I currently work as a mentor and lecturer at WA Academy of Performing Arts. Here I served on the Committee of the not-for-profit childcare centre on Edith Cowan University's Mount Lawley campus for three years, fulfilling the role of Chairperson for two years. In this important voluntary position, I learned about governance, strategic planning, community engagement and the crucial role early childhood education plays in meeting children's developmental needs and providing social support for families.

I have also worked as an education assistant at Kent Street Senior High School. I hold a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Costume) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. During my 11 years working at ECU, I have completed training in recognising workplace discrimination and undertaken professional development in LBGTQI+ Allyship; Disability Inclusion and Support; Cross Cultural Awareness; and Addressing Unconscious Bias. My roles at various educational institutions have given me an understanding of the time and budgetary pressures faced by teachers and schools.

If elected, I would bring to this position the creative thinking, problem solving, and communication skills developed in these roles.

My child has attended Maylands Peninsula Primary School for the past three years and I have lived in the area since 2001. I value genuine inclusion and community engagement. If elected to the school board, I aim to find ways to identify the needs of the broader school community and help work on solutions to pressing issues, such as the shortage in outside school hours care. I am dedicated to paying attention to the diverse and changing needs of people from non-dominant groups.