We need courageous union leadership that listens to the members, represents the members, and respects the members. We need a union that will:
- invite us to be involved in a truly member-driven union;
- fight for a strong contract;
- fight for fair and meaningful student assessments;
- stand for fair and sustainable teacher evaluation;
- demand and fight for full funding of education;
- protect our right to teach culturally relevant curriculum;
- engage families and community;
- empower the union membership to be an active voice!
YOU are the union. We need your involvement. We need to hear you and work with you to build the school district Seattle’s students deserve. Let’s fight to do the work we became educators to do, and make an education system that allows us and empowers us to educate, unfettered by over-testing and unsustainable evaluation systems.
We are SEA. We are ready to stand up with respect.
President of the Seattle Education Association – Jesse Hagopian
Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union advisor at Garfield High School. A graduate of Seattle Public Schools, Jesse comes from a family of unionists and educators—including his mother who served on the Seattle School Board. Jesse is an Associate Editor for the acclaimed Rethinking Schools magazine, and the author/editor of the forthcoming book, More Than A Score: Stories from the New Uprising Against Standardized Testing, with a foreword by Diane Ravitch. Jesse received the 2013 national “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Jesse’s endorsements include City Councilmember Nick Licata, Seattle King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson, Seattle School Board Director Sue Peters, Parents Across America President and “Seattle Education” blogger Dora Taylor and many other community leaders. Jesse, his wife, and their two children live in south Seattle, where their older son will start kindergarten in the fall.
“The schools Seattle deserves start with RESPECT. I was compelled to run for union office by the desperate need to defend public education from the corporate education reform onslaught — and help transform it into a force for social justice. I, and the SEE Respect slate of candidates, believe we need courageous union leaders who will listen to the members, stand up for their rights in the work place, and work hard to achieve the members’ vision for public education. This robust unionism would partner with other labor unions and community organizations to help us achieve the contract educators deserve, the schools our children deserve, and the city our families deserve.”
Vice President of the Seattle Education Association – Marian Wagner
Marian Wagner teaches 4th and 5th grades at Salmon Bay School and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has been on the bargaining team with SEA in 2013 and is the K-8 director on SEA board for the last two years. She serves on the joint SEA/SPS Professional Growth and Evaluation Working Group to ensure safeguards and processes are in place to improve our evaluation system so it is fair and supportive of developing teacher practice. She has a special education endorsement as well as a middle/high school science endorsement in biology, and for seven years she has taught science professional development for elementary teachers in Seattle Public Schools. This last year, she has been collaborating with University of Washington with science researchers and other practitioners across the nation to develop strategies and resources to put the best research in science pedagogy into practice.
Treasurer of the Seattle Education Association – Dan Troccoli
Dan Troccoli is the co-Vice President of the Substitutes Association for the Seattle Education Association. Dan has been an educator for over twelve years as a paraprofessional and then a certified teacher, having taught at every level of public schools. A founding member of the Social Equality Educators, Dan currently serves as the treasurer for the organization. Dan sits on the Seattle Education Association’s Grievance Review Commission where he has worked extensively to defend SEA members. As well, Dan serves as an SEA delegate to the MLK County Labor Council where he works to build solidarity between educators and the rest of the labor movement. Dan has worked as a community organizer and social activist for over 15 years in such movements as the struggle for same sex marriage, against the war in Iraq, and to stop the closure of schools in Seattle.
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