Saskatchewan teachers will be part of a walkout happening across the province on Tuesday as the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation is looking to make ground in the current negotiations with the province.
The one-day strike will be happening in schools across the province with southeast teachers gathering in Estevan, Weyburn, and Moosomin.
Southeast Cornerstone Teachers Association President Whitney Paul-Joseph talks about what she's hoping to see come from negotiations.
"For myself, I have been teaching for 15 years, so in that time, education has drastically changed. Now today we see that we have more students in our classrooms across the province, yet we have less teachers and it is incredibly hard to access the supports that we need for our students and our class.
"When we're walking out tomorrow, it's not just about those of us that are teaching right now, but for those teachers that are coming up in the future as well. This is an amazing profession. It can be really hard, but it can also be extremely rewarding and that's why we do what we do. But we do need it to be valued, respected, and sustainably funded."
Students have been asking questions about the strike since its announcement last week.
They have definitely had a lot of questions just in regards to kind of what is going on in the context of even what is collective bargaining and things like that," said Paul-Joseph, "So I think it's been a really significant learning piece for our students."
Paul-Joseph believes that the kids in classes have also been on the receiving ends of some of their budget problems.
"I think that times have changed. If you take a look across not only our school division but our province and what our classrooms look like these days and we have lots of split grades, various needs within our schools and so understanding that support for those things can be hard to access and kind of resources have been stretched in. It's the life that students get to experience every day, and so they do understand where some of this is coming from."
She hopes that parents can have a conversation with their kids about why the strike is happening ahead of Tuesday's job action.
"I think having a conversation is definitely an important piece about tomorrow to understand what is going on and why teachers are walking out and even just understanding what each of your student's classrooms look like and any ways that you can support your teachers."
"We have a lot of phenomenal parents that have been contacting us personally and privately and just as local teachers and then our local association as well," said Paul-Joseph, "We do have lots of comments about people coming to join us tomorrow. So that is incredibly nice to see."