Spotlight on Locals: Siren Education Association

The Siren Education Association’s success as a local union is based on a people-first philosophy. “Approach every new person offering them the benefits and support of the association, listen to every member’s thoughts and concerns, and work diligently to have open dialogue with your administrators,” SEA President Polly Imme told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “Our work is a two-way street and takes honesty, respect, and trust.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Onalaska Education Association

Believing in the greater good, strong ethics, one-to-one communication, building relationships, having strong leaders at the building level, building a positive image. Leaders of the Onalaska Education Association say these are all ingredients to creating a strong local association. “A key to our success has been to be a positive influence in the school district and the community,” music teacher Christina Martin told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Spotlight on Locals: Owen-Withee Education Association

The strength of the Owen-Withee Education Association, leaders say, comes from its focus on students first and on having “home-grown teachers” who are involved in the community. “We see our students in and out of school,” OWEA leader Russ Weiler told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column, “and we are always working to keep our schools and community strong for our students.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Gale Ettrick Trempealeau Education Association

What keeps the Gale Ettrick Trempealeau Education Association Strong? “It is the people that we have in our local,” says Cindy Stetzer, high school science teacher and leader of the GETEA. “We are active, and we have taken time to build good relationships with administration and the school board,” she tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “Because of that, we have a seat at the table. Additionally, those in leadership roles always keep the lines of communication open.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Beaver Dam Education Association

Constant communication and outreach are the keys to keeping the Beaver Dam Education Association strong, BDEA leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We work to educate our members on how to be an active member and how to get involved on the district level,” said Past President Kris Schumacher, a middle school art teacher.

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Spotlight on Locals: Port Washington-Saukville Education Association

Deb Anderson, past president of the Port Washington-Saukville Education Association, says the association has worked hard to make sure it remains strong. “We still have a voice, and we have worked hard for that by building relationships with district leadership, the school board, parents, and the community,” she tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in Peggy’s latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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