A Message from the President
“Education is not a PROBLEM. Education is an OPPORTUNITY.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year,
I’d like to welcome back all the returning WVEA members as well as all of our new members. I hope you were able to take some time to relax and rejuvenate this past summer.
I’m excited to serve as your President and fortunate to work alongside the best educators in California. You are the heart and soul of the district. For those of you who don’t know me, I began my teaching career at C.J. Morris in August of 1996. I spent 19 years teaching at C.J. before transferring to Maple Hill last year. I taught kindergarten for seven years then moved to 4th grade for four years. I spent one year in 2nd grade and have taught 3rd grade for the past nine years. This will be my 21st year in a career that I absolutely love! Fifteen years ago my work with the association began when I was elected as a site rep for C.J. Morris. In addition, I have had the honor of serving on a highly successful negotiating team for the past four years. I became involved with the association because I always heard conflicting stories between the perspectives of the association and district. I knew the truth lied somewhere in between. I learned quickly to trust my association! Furthermore, I strongly believe that someone needs to look after and take care of the dedicated, hard working educators just as they care for each and every student. These are the reasons why it is my pleasure to serve you.
If you are not already involved with WVEA, I encourage you to make this the year. We have many challenges ahead of us. This year we will make the transition from using Data Director to Illuminate. No Child Left Behind has been replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act, which we will be learning about. Many teachers are piloting language arts textbooks that are aligned to the new state standards a.k.a. Common Core. There will be more professional development opportunities afforded to us with the Teacher Effectiveness Grant. The association will continue to work collaboratively with the District in updating the Local Control Accountability Plan as well as keeping a close eye on the state funding through the Local Control Funding Formula. There is a great possibility that District of Choice will sunset in June of 2017. If that happens it will make a devastating impact on our district. Last but not least, the District has decided to place a bond measure on the November ballot to update our facilities and we need to pass Prop. 55. Clearly, we cannot do this work alone. You are the union! Challenges bring opportunities. I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to get involved with your association.
On behalf of your Executive board, we appreciate your support as we begin this challenging and exciting school year. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the rep council meeting located at the Holiday Inn on August 31 at 3:45. Let’s make this the best year!