Spotlight on Locals: Tomah Education Association

The Tomah Education Association is lucky to have a strong foundation built by educators and union activists of the past, TEA leaders say. “In general, our tradition of organizing is strong, and our members value us,” TEA President Nathan Jungmeyer told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We are continuing to build upon that tradition to grow,” Jungmeyer added.

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Spotlight on Locals: Bayfield Education Association

“The reason for our strong participation is that people see the BEA as a collective teacher voice for the district, and our voice is focused on kids, families, and our community. We want to make our school district the best place it can be.” That is how former Bayfield Education Association President Rick Erickson – also a former Wisconsin Teacher of the Year – sums up the BEA’s success as a local association. Rick spoke with WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We’re all part of a community,” adds current BEA President Eric Iverson, “and we stick together.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Eau Claire Association of Educators

Eau Claire Association of Educators members trust their leaders and are willing to work with them to get things done. That is why, ECAE leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen, the ECAE is a growing association that has had significant successes in recent years. “Our continued success in membership growth has made us stronger,” ECAE Building Representative Brian Wiltgen told Peggy for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “And we aren’t stopping now.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Manitowoc Education Association

Manitowoc Education Association leaders say they are successful because the association has built trust and confidence with its members, is a strong advocate for students, and has developed relationships with the district, families, colleagues, and the community. “We care about education and making Manitowoc a great school district for kids,” MEA Vice President Mark Filer told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her Spotlight on Locals column. “MEA members understand the big picture of what we are striving for: the importance of public education and how the union gives us a voice in what matters for our students and classrooms. People join the Manitowoc Education Association because they want to be a part of something that is bigger than them.” 

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Spotlight on Locals: Marshfield Teachers’ Association

Having a commitment and a passion for doing what’s best for students ultimately strengthens local schools as well as the local association. That is the philosophy adopted by the Marshfield Teachers’ Association, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen writes in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “The MTA wants to be a part of the solution to the struggles that we are currently facing,” says MTA Past President Don Lang. When the community, parents, and the school board are connected closely with educators in the schools, Peggy adds, partnerships that are good for students are created.

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Spotlight on Locals: Verona Area Education Association

In her latest “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with members of the Verona Area Education Association, who are proud of their tradition of stepping up for each other and for students. Jill Thronson, who has been active with the VAEA for 25 years and is a Building Representative for Stoner Prairie Elementary School, knows what keeps the VAEA strong: “Our tradition of consistent, strong local leadership.”

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