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: 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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