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  • 1. Election Presentation Kathy L. Sharp Candidate for WEA President May 2010
  • 2. Presentation
    • Decision to run for WEA President
    • A Candidate for Change - with Continuity
    • Qualifications to serve as President
    • WEA Experience
    • Plans if Elected
    • Upcoming Meetings at Schools & Election Process
  • 3. Decision to Run for the WEA Presidency
    • Appreciation for all of the contributions of WEA President Ed Huydic over the past decade
      • As a WEA Building Representative and a WEA Negotiating Team member, I have seen Ed Huydic’s work on our behalf
      • Recognition of his commitment & service for many years
    • Periodic leadership change strengthens organizations & makes them more effective
    • After consultations with many colleagues, I decided to run for the WEA Presidency to help bring about change & strengthen our union
  • 4. Leadership Change - with Continuity
    • Strong leadership & representation of member interests
    • Personal commitment of time, energy & enthusiasm to strengthen our organization
    • Three other WEA Cabinet Officers running unopposed
    • While the prospect of leadership change may seem unsettling at first, I believe this change instead presents an opportunity for new ideas & enthusiasm – to reinvigorate & strengthen our union
    • Plans for the Election Process
      • Meetings at each school to talk with members & explain my candidacy and plans for change
      • Personal meetings with members
      • PowerPoint & Video distribution
      • Emails & Phone calls welcomed
  • 5. Qualifications: Education
    • Undergraduate – Economics degree (Stanford)
    • Graduate Work
      • Law degree (Stanford J.D.)
      • Business degree (Stanford M.B.A. & nonprofit management program)
      • Connecticut Secondary Teaching Certification Program (SHU), Social Studies/History
    • Courses included: Negotiations, labor economics, organizational behavior (labor mgmt.), public sector economics/mgmt., finance, accounting, decision analysis, marketing, statistics, and contracts
  • 6. Qualifications: Work Experience
    • College & Graduate School – paid for through scholarships, loans and jobs, including
      • Summers working at fruit cocktail cannery (working in the factory, I learned about the importance of unions to workers)
      • Teaching and research assistant positions during school year
    • Federal Government Economist, Wash. D.C.
    • Business/Finance, NYC & Los Angeles
    • Nonprofit Managment, Exec. Director, Calif.
    • Board of Directors of Public Advocates, a Calif. public interest law firm specializing in civil rights & labor rights (served as a volunteer for many years)
  • 7. Westport Public Schools
    • Staples High School: Social Studies Teacher – U.S. History, AP Economics, Western Humanities
    • Bedford Middle School – 7 th Grade Social Studies Teacher
    • Building Substitute – BMS
    • Paraprofessional – Workshop / Gifted Program, BMS
  • 8. WEA / CEA Experience
    • Staples High School WEA Building Representative
    • CEA Summer Leadership Conference, Negotiations Section, August 2009
    • WEA Negotiating Team Member, 2009-10
    • Our WEA team worked together to counter many proposals made by the BOE & to assure key contract provisions, including:
      • Job security, work day, and leave provisions
      • Medical care & insurance coverage
      • Salary & stipend increases, despite an extremely difficult negotiating environment in CT
  • 9. Personal Information
    • Westport Public Schools parent – son a junior at Staples High; previously attended BMS & GFS
    • Westport town resident
    • Born in San Francisco & grew up in California
    • Moved to Connecticut in 2001 for family reasons
    • Changed careers to become a teacher (night school at SHU to earn certification)
    • Volunteer soccer coach for many years (Boys 9-12 th grade now)
    • And we have a golden retriever, Molly
  • 10. Plans for Change – with Continuity
    • Commitment to strong leadership and representation of member interests
      • Attendance & participation at BOE & BOF meetings
      • Advocacy on behalf of WEA membership
      • Effective informal negotiations with Town Central Office administration & school administrators
    • Improve communication with WEA members
      • Informal meetings with teachers at each school throughout the year
      • Timely information / updates on local, state & national issues affecting teachers
      • Open-door policy; emails & phone calls welcomed
  • 11. Plans for Change – with Continuity
    • Strengthen WEA "standing" in the community
      • Pro-active efforts; WPS parent & town resident
    • Personal commitment of time, energy & enthusiasm to strengthen our organization
    • Continuity
      • Have worked closely with the WEA Officers as a member of the WEA Executive Board & on the WEA Negotiating Team
      • "Pro-teacher" perspective
      • Strong leadership & advocacy
  • 12. Contact Information & Meeting Schedule
    • School email: [email_address]
    • School phone: 203-341-1279
    • Tentative Schedule of School Meetings:
      • Detailed information to follow
      • Elementary Schools (meetings after school):
      • Long Lots: Wed., May 19 th
      • Coleytown: Thurs., May 20 th
      • Greens Farms: Fri., May 21 st
      • Saugatuck: Tues., May 25 th
      • Kings Highway: Thurs., May 27 th
      • Bedford Middle: before school on Wed., May 19 th
      • Coleytown Middle: after school on Thurs., May 20 th
      • Staples High: after school on Wed., May 19 th