John Meeks is a regular contributor t the blog, a fine teacher and teacher representative. he is sunning for the DTU board of directors. I think he would be a fine choice. Below is a note from him.
I need your vote. It's that simple.
I am currently representing our teachers on the Duval Teachers United board of directors. I am responsible for determining the direction that our local teachers union takes going forward.
While our state has been showing great disrespect to public education, I am proud that our district is in the second year of a three-year contract that was negotiated by our collective bargaining team - including very capable and experienced DTU members.
My concern for our interests dates back to before I was a teacher. In fact, I was in college when I volunteered to help reelect Governor Lawton Chiles. And, since then, I have made it my personal duty and obligation to serve in whatever capacity I can.
My most fulfilling service has been in the field of public education. I reach out daily to our future leaders. I work side-by-side with the most professional people I know. I work to make a difference in the policies that affect our ability to best serve our students.
I can talk about the committees that I served on, the commentaries that I have had published, and the elected officials whom I know personally. Instead, I want you to know that I am the same dedicated building representative who first started over ten years ago. I am committed to seeking respect and dignity for our profession. I am committed to you.
Thank you for your support.