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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Spotlight on Locals: D.C. Everest Teachers’ Association

The D.C. Everest Teachers’ Association has shaken up the status quo and is focusing on a new set of “clear directions and goals.” That’s what DCETA leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We ask our colleagues to become a part of something,” said DCETA President Marie Wardall. “We show our members and our potential members our list of accomplishments, and we demonstrate why union membership matters to them.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Belleville Education Association

When WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen asked the leaders of the Belleville Education Association what makes their local strong, Monika Brown, high school German teacher of 30 years and President of the Belleville Education Association, said, “It’s our willingness to listen, communicate, and follow through. We listen to our members and work to head off potential problems, and we share our members’ needs with administration before small issues become large problems.” Read Peggy’s latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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WEAC Spotlight on Locals – Elmbrook Education Association

Through the Elmbrook Education Association, teachers have voice on issues that matter, say members who spoke with WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for the latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We are a strong local because we have a strong network,” explained fourth grade teacher Rick Ziolkowski.

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Spotlight on Locals: Racine Educators United

Members of Racine Educators United not only fight for their students every day in the classroom but carry that fight throughout the community, and state, as well. “While the challenges in public education feel big and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, find issues that matter to your members and your community,” said REU President Angelina Cruz, who spoke with WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “When you begin to tackle these one at a time, you can make a difference for your students and your community. This is difficult work, but important work, that no one else is doing.” 

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