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Oct 05

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.” 

Sep 21

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.

Sep 07

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.”

Jun 14

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.”

Jun 07

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.”

Jun 01

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.”

May 25

Spotlight on Locals: Monona Grove Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen talks with leaders of the Monona Grove Education Association, who say relationships are the key to the association’s success. “Start at the ground floor, and talk with your members,” said MGEA Secretary Jennifer Klotzbach. “Get a pulse of what’s going on and make sure your members know that you are there for them. It will have a positive snowball effect.”

May 17

Spotlight on Locals: Freedom Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen finds inspiration from the Freedom Education Association which – with the help of WEAC Region 3 – conducted a self-assessment, identified specific goals and set out to achieve them. The result? Membership increased from around 50 percent to close to 70 percent.

May 11

Spotlight on Locals: Northern Educational Support Team

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with a unique local, the Northern Educational Support Team (NEST), which is made up of education support professional units from multiple districts: Arbor Vitae-Woodruff, Chequamegon, Hurley, Lac du Flambeau, Lakeland, Mercer, Minocqua, North Lakeland, Phelps, Phillips, Rib Lake, CESA 9, Northland Pines, Nicolet Maintenance, and Tomahawk. “Having joined forces gives us numbers and collective power,” says Kayla Cottrell, NEST Secretary Treasurer and President of the Tomahawk Support Staff.

Apr 26

Spotlight on Locals: Green Bay Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen highlights the Green Bay Education Association, whose success is rooted in efforts to reach out to members and potential members and help them learn and grow as both educators and as union leaders. Programs include Emerging Voices, Early Career Learning Labs, Early Career Leadership Fellowship and National Board Certification support. “The greatest strength of the GBEA is that our members understand the value of unions — locally, statewide, and nationwide,” says GBEA Treasurer Dan Gage.

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