The first in my family to go to college, I have spent my entire adult life teaching and advocating for public schools, its employees, and the children we teach for America's future. Because we face so many threats, I have been outspoken and aggressive in both NCAE and NEA Board meetings, and most importantly in lobbying state and national legislators for common sense education policy. I have a reputation for being outspoken.
I have two challengers in this election, both of whom are nice people, but I have served NCAE well over the last three years and ask for your support in re-election for a final term. My record speaks for itself. As President of the Forsyth County Association of Educators, with the help of great reps, I dramatically increased membership by almost 15%, organized around issues such as public school cuts and a Reduction In Force (RIF) policy, and supplement pay increases. I also traveled around the state training other locals on recruitment and organizing techniques. I have a history of activism, even authoring the New Business Item (NBI) at the 2010 convention that required us to MARCH on RALEIGH at the following convention in 2011, a public rally that garnered enormous attention for our association's efforts.
In addition to serving on the NEA and NCAE boards, I represent the east coast of the US on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) which advocates for the issues of large and urban public school districts. In that capacity, I have trained hundreds of local leaders all over the nation on how to organize effective issue campaigns using social media. Recently, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel just appointed me as Chair of the NEA Board's Internal Concerns Committee.
However, I am not running for re-election to maintain those "positions". I am running for my own children, twin daughters Hannah and Chloe, and the children of all those in North Carolina who not only deserve a great public school, but also need a relentless defender against the shameless political attacks on the democratic institutions that guarantee an equal opportunity for everyone.
And so I ask for your vote, your support, and your willingness to march with me forward and together! One NCAE!
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