Vice-principal and special education teacher Michael Karras has been chosen by New Democrats in the Saskatoon Southeast constituency to be their candidate in the next provincial election.
"I’m so pleased to welcome Michael to the team of New Democrat candidates," said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who spoke at Sunday’s Saskatoon Southeast nomination meeting. "He’s devoted his life to Saskatchewan’s future, through his work as a teacher, through his volunteer work and, of course, as a dad. His future-focused attitude and his commitment to stand up for what matters to Saskatchewan people today will make Michael a strong representative for Saskatoon Southeast families."
Karras is the vice-principal at the pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Asquith, and he has worked in Prairie Spirit School Division since 2000 as a Special Education Resource Teacher. He is a volunteer, board member and past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, a non-profit organization that supports individuals and families living with learning disabilities.
"In today’s Saskatchewan, we could and should be doing so much better for students and families," said Karras. "That's why I appreciate Cam Broten’s approach to politics – that it can’t just be about the province doing well, but it has to also be about people doing well.
"We need a government that ensures that all students get the one-on-one attention they need by putting an end to overcrowded classrooms, putting enough educational assistants back in our schools, and delivering the needed resources for students with special needs. And we need a government that fully respects teachers and educational support workers."
Karras has lived in the Saskatoon Southeast constituency for 12 years. He and his wife Sherri have two daughters, Lily and Caelyn. He was born and raised in the farming community of Rocanville.
Karras has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Special Education Qualification from the University of Saskatchewan.