Seattle Education Association has been at the forefront leading in racial justice within Seattle public schools, building classrooms that support educators, which directly results in a positive learning environment for students. We will continue to change the landscape of public education in Seattle Public Schools with the Schools Seattle Deserve.
Dust off your SEA T-shirt to show your support for the bargaining team, and to show SPS we are united for the schools Seattle deserves!
Wear your red SEA t-shirt on May 30, 2019! Take pictures of your school wearing red, post them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and send the pictures to SEA!
The Association Representatives in each building and program have received a poster board with our bargaining priorities attached, please sign the bargaining priorities board and join your AR at the June 12, 2019, School Board meeting at 4:30 pm at the JSCEE.
During the 2018 bargain, we received feedback on the communication of the bargaining process. For this bargain, we have put together a communication team made of SEA members from across the district. WEA communications department will support the SEA communication team. The SEA communication team will enhance the line of communication through the Zone Captains, who will be in constant contact with the Building Bargaining Support teams in each building and program. The SEA communication team will be developing a newsletter that will come out once a week, they will help with social media and ask members to get involved! Watch for the newsletter throughout the summer! It will include information about the bargain and important dates for you to participate in this bargain.
A new feature: Meet the Bargain Team!
SEA Bargaining Team: Katie Bishop, SEA Lead Bargainer; Michael Tamayo, SEA Vice-President; Peter Aiau, SEA Interim Executive Director; Caritha Blair, SPED Paraprofessional; Carolyn Hostetler, Admin Assistant; Carrie Alefaio, SAEOP Vice-President; Celina Austin, Paraprofessional Board Secretary; Dazanne Davis-Porter, Kindergarten Teacher; Derek Grandbois, 3rd Grade Teacher; Edmund Trangen, Humanities Teacher; Elizabeth Ward-Robertson, SAEOP President; Erin Carroll, OT/PT; Guillermo Carvajal, Family Support Worker; Gwendolyn Jimerson, Paraprofessional Vice-President; Herminia Helms, SPED/ELL Paraprofessional; Jennifer Matter, Humanities Teacher; Joyce McDonald, Substitutes; Kara Golgert, Pre-K Teacher; Kate Eads, Librarian; Kathryn Korch, Conselor; Kelly Robideau, SPED Teacher; Laura Lehni, Humanities Teacher; Lynne Oliphant, Nurse; Marquita Prinzing, Director of Center for Racial Equity; Megan Isakson, 4th Grade Teacher; Micheal Melonson, Paraprofessional President; Peter Henry, Substitutes President; Rachel Sanyal, ELL Teacher; Shelly Hurley, Consulting Teacher; Stan Strasner, Substitutes Vice-President; Summer Randolph, SPED Teacher; Teresa Olmstead, Admin Secretary; Uti Hawkins, SPS DREA; Vallerie Fisher, SEA Treasurer/Family Support Worker; Veronica Nuno, ELL Paraprofessional
Each Unity Newsletter we'll tell you more about the team members. Here are a few for May:
Herminia Helms, Pathfinder K-8 1:1 Sped IA
Ms. Helms wants to help represent the Paraprofessionals in Seattle Public Schools. She loves being informed and sharing knowledge. Ms. Helms wants to advocate for herself, staff members and students. It's important to see the whole student and find better ways to support them to be the adults they want to be.
Summer Randolph, Rainier Beach HS Sped Teacher
"I care about caseloads in the sped classrooms, I want to be a voice for high needs schools in our district. High needs schools have specific needs that must to be addressed, I want to share their stories. I need to feel like I tried my best to make things better for colleagues and students"
Guillermo Carvajal, FSW Northgate
Very proud of the work that is being done and wants to be a part of a dynamic team. When he asks people to be engaged, the more he knows about the process the better I can explain and encourage others to be involved.
Been privileged to work with powerful women they have given him a reason to do more.
"You have to stand up sooner or later." '" We have to choose to save ourselves instead of waiting for someone to save us." He was inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr.