Spotlight on Locals: Beloit Education Association

In a new “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the Beloit Education Association, who have found success in creating positive relationships with district leadership and members of the school board. “We are partners in the school district,” says BEA President Tim Vedra.  “We reach out to one another when issues arise in the school district.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Madison Teachers Inc.

In a new “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with Madison Teachers Inc. President Andy Waity, who tells her that MTI’s history of strong member leadership is its major source of strength. “Andy made it clear that there is no shortage of folks who will step up and take on roles as needed in their local,” Peggy writes.

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Spotlight on Locals: La Crosse Education Association

In her latest “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the La Crosse Education Association and says it didn’t take long to determine that one element of strength in the La Crosse Education Association is its collective advocacy on behalf of students and public education. “LEA members have never been afraid to act collectively and to speak up when changes in legislation that will affect their students and their profession are proposed,” she writes.

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Spotlight on Locals: South Milwaukee Education Association

In her latest “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the South Milwaukee Education Association and quickly discovers the passion they have for their students, their schools, and their union. “We recruit our best and brightest to be our leaders and the faces of our local association,” Heather Hanson tells Peggy. Heather is a 17-year social studies teacher, born and raised in South Milwaukee, who is serving as a Co-President of the SMEA. Heather works alongside Brittany Jadin, her Co-President in her seventh year of teaching, who was recruited as a second-year teacher to join in the work of her local association. 

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Spotlight on Locals: Sheboygan Education Association

In the second of a new series of columns titled “Spotlight on Locals,” WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with Sheboygan Education Association President Rebecca Letter. When asked how the Sheboygan’s EA has maintained its strength, Rebecca said, “I give credit to our continued philosophy of we.”  We, according to Rebecca, is the union leadership and the district administration, working together on behalf of the students in Sheboygan.

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Spotlight on Locals: Tomahawk Education Association

In the first of a new series of columns titled “Spotlight on Locals,” WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits the Tomahawk Education Association, where she talks with Co-President Ann Swenty about how her local has maintained strength, holding steady with a membership of 77 teachers of their 100 teachers on staff. “First and foremost, you must have a strong leadership team,” Ann told Peggy. Ann credits her long-time treasurer Jon Marin for his “conscientious dedication to the union” and Angie McPherson, their local secretary, for her follow-through. “Angie gets things done, and she is always a voice for our members.”

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