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Ashley D. MacKenzie

High School Teacher

Ashley D. MacKenzie is a high school teacher in Surrey, British Columbia. She prefers dogs over cats, books over movies, and conversation over silence.

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Living The Imperfect Vancouver Dream Is Perfect For Me

No, it's not cheap to live here. And yes, we could have bought a house in the suburbs for the same cost as our condo, but that's the thing -- we don't want a house. We don't want extra square footage that we're going to fill with things we never use. We just want to live the life that feels right for us.
07/29/2015 02:13 EDT
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I Refuse To Stop Spending My Own Money On My Classroom

Yes, I've bought the materials in the boxes that I'll be hauling to work each day this week. And yes, I sincerely wish that I hadn't had to go out of pocket to make sure that my students get the best education that I can give them. The underfunding of public education in B.C. has already taken enough out of me. I refuse to let it take who I am as a teacher, too.
09/22/2014 12:28 EDT

B.C. Teachers' Strike Was About Values, Not Economics

Now, do I feel as though both sides compromised equally on this contract? No. I do feel like the teachers gave up more. But as much as I'd like a salary increase that actually kept up with the rate of inflation, and the budget to fund some firm way of handling class size and composition, this whole strike wasn't about economics.
09/17/2014 03:00 EDT

B.C. Teachers Are Only Asking For What Was Taken Away

The B.C. teachers' union isn't demanding unheard-of new funding. They're asking for the funding that B.C.'s kids used to have. They're asking for the government to respect the rule of law and invest in B.C.'s future. They're asking the Liberals to return the money that they have spent elsewhere.
06/17/2014 06:57 EDT
Wendy Lau

Why B.C. Teachers Are Eating Lunch On The Curb

We legally aren't allowed to help students during lockout hours, nor are we allowed to be in the building. This is not a teacher choice. If we are at school working during these times, we're trespassing. It's why you'll see many of us having lunch on the curb. We aren't picketing during lunch. We're eating.
06/11/2014 02:30 EDT

I Shouldn't Have To Make This Choice

I'm being asked to vote on whether to strike in order to show that these things matter to me, when that shouldn't even be a question.... I'm stuck under that horrid rock of emotion, bound by financial stress, drained colleagues, and confused kids.
06/06/2014 11:33 EDT
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Hey B.C. Students, Let's Talk About Your Walkout

I'm not saying "do" or "don't" walk out. You're rational beings. You have your own brains. You can make your own decisions. And I can't physically stop you from exiting a building. Most of you are bigger than me by the end of Grade 8, anyway. But I do hope that you make informed choices. That you really understand what you're doing and why you're doing it.
06/02/2014 01:42 EDT