NEA Today spotlights work of union leader Sequanna Taylor, an ESP and Milwaukee County supervisor

Sequanna Taylor

Sequanna Taylor

You think you just don’t have time to be an advocate for your union or public education? Check out Sequanna Taylor, who is spotlighted this month in NEA Today.

The mother of four, Taylor is the parent engagement specialist at Golda Meir School, president of the Milwaukee Educational Assistants’ Association Council (MEAA), and a board member with Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA). She is also on the Education Support Professionals (ESP) Committee of the Wisconsin Education Association Council and a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly.

Nationally, Taylor networks with ESPs at NEA ESP conferences such as the latest event she attended in March in Orlando, Fla.

But she hasn’t stopped there.

Last spring, she won election as a Milwaukee County supervisor!

“When that seat became available, I knew I couldn’t just sit around,” she says. “My union prepared and encouraged me to seek higher office, so if the county is going to speak for our students and schools, then I am going to fight from within the system.”

As a county supervisor, she says, “I see firsthand how community issues such as affordable housing, proper nutrition, and decent health care overflows into schools. How can a student focus on learning when they are worried about their next meal or whether or not they have a place to stay for the night?”

A Milwaukee native, Taylor attended South Division High School and has an associate’s degree in criminal justice and bachelor’s degree in human services. She is also a graduate of an eight-month leadership-training program sponsored by Emerge Wisconsin, a national organization active in 14 states that prepares women to run for political office.

Taylor says ESPs nationwide are considered by many as the foundation of their schools since more than 70 percent live, shop, vote, and worship in the same district where they work.

“In Milwaukee, many of us, or our children, attended the same schools where we work,” she says. “Community residents are more likely to listen to someone they know … who they see at school and in the neighborhood.”

Read entire NEA Today article:

ESP Sequanna Taylor Advocates for Students as a Milwaukee County Supervisor

The new law not only sparked massive protests at the state capitol in Madison, it set off something deeply personal in Taylor herself. “I drove to the statehouse for a rally and the moment I stepped onto the grounds I knew I needed to be in the meat of things,” she says.