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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Spotlight on Locals: Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

“Our members understand that the union is them,” and that is why Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association members are always ready to take action on behalf of students and schools. That is what MTEA President Kim Schroeder told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen as she interviewed MTEA leaders for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “Wisconsin educators are writing labor history,” added MTEA Vice President Amy Mizialko. “Scott Walker doesn’t write the last chapter. We write the last chapter with our parents, our students, our members, and our community.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Dodgeville Education Association

The Dodgeville Education Association has worked for years building relationships with the school board, the administration and the community, and it has paid off. In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the DEA, who credit their success as an association in part with working collaboratively with their pro-education and pro-educator school board. “There’s a small town part of this,” said Dodgeville EA Treasurer Joan Davis. “We know each other, we talk with one another outside of school, and school board members ask us for our input.”

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Spotlight on Locals: United Lakewood Educators-Muskego

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of United Lakewood Educators-Muskego, which has a history of strength that it is maintaining through a calm and measured approach. Co-President Anna Wendt says ULE-Muskego advocates for students and its members and “has been a level-headed support network and a voice of reason.”

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