Hello from your new HEA President,
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of connecting with many of you when carrying out my HEA roles (most recently your Vice-President) or as one of Highline’s National Board Facilitators. Within the district, I may have crossed paths with you in my role as an elementary classroom teacher, math or reading specialist, or ELL/ DL facilitator. If we have not yet met, please don’t hesitate to reach out when you see me at your school/site or around the community. Better yet, please contact me to start forging that connection. I am looking forward to learning about your successes and what we can do to build on those, as well as hearing about areas where your working conditions - our students' learning conditions - could benefit from some changes or improvements.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sue McCabe for her leadership and dedicated service as HEA’s President over the past six years. Building off work she started earlier this year, today we are also launching HEA’s new, updated website (www.highlineea.org).
Use this link to find information on all four levels of our union membership as well as our political work accessible through the Our Voice website. Here, you will find many ways you can both support and be supported in the complex work we call education. You will also meet our HEA Executive Board who will continue to advocate for what you need for your students to advance academically, artistically, emotionally, physically, and socially. Side-by-side with our state and national union leadership, HEA leaders will be focusing efforts locally on eradicating racial and social injustices in our school system and our communities.
As we heard from incoming WEA President, Larry Delaney, “WEA and our members must take a leadership role in eliminating the opportunity gap so that all our students receive the education Washington’s constitution guarantees them.... It is because of the work we have done together that we have seen great results -- life-changing pay raises for many, historic levels of funding for public education that will touch every student in our state. And, we still have so much work ahead of us. To be successful, we must remain united and strong.”
Thank you for this great honor to serve as your president.