Election Presentation Kathy L. Sharp Candidate for WEA  President May 2010
Presentation <ul><li>Decision to run for WEA President </li></ul><ul><li>A Candidate for Change - with Continuity </li></u...
Decision to Run for the WEA Presidency <ul><li>Appreciation for all of the contributions of WEA President Ed Huydic over t...
Leadership Change - with Continuity <ul><li>Strong leadership & representation of member interests   </li></ul><ul><li>Per...
Qualifications: Education <ul><li>Undergraduate –  Economics degree (Stanford) </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate Work  </li></ul>...
Qualifications: Work Experience <ul><li>College & Graduate School   – paid for through  scholarships, loans and jobs, incl...
Westport Public Schools <ul><li>Staples High School: Social Studies Teacher – U.S. History, AP Economics, Western Humaniti...
WEA / CEA Experience <ul><li>Staples High School WEA Building Representative  </li></ul><ul><li>CEA Summer Leadership Conf...
Personal Information <ul><li>Westport Public Schools parent – son a junior at Staples High; previously attended BMS & GFS ...
Plans for Change – with Continuity <ul><li>Commitment to strong leadership and representation of member interests </li></u...
Plans for Change – with Continuity <ul><li>Strengthen WEA &quot;standing&quot; in the community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pro-...
Contact Information & Meeting Schedule <ul><li>School email:  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>School phone: 203-341-1279...
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  1. 1. Election Presentation Kathy L. Sharp Candidate for WEA President May 2010
  2. 2. Presentation <ul><li>Decision to run for WEA President </li></ul><ul><li>A Candidate for Change - with Continuity </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications to serve as President </li></ul><ul><li>WEA Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Plans if Elected </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming Meetings at Schools & Election Process </li></ul>
  3. 3. Decision to Run for the WEA Presidency <ul><li>Appreciation for all of the contributions of WEA President Ed Huydic over the past decade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a WEA Building Representative and a WEA Negotiating Team member, I have seen Ed Huydic’s work on our behalf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition of his commitment & service for many years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Periodic leadership change strengthens organizations & makes them more effective </li></ul><ul><li>After consultations with many colleagues, I decided to run for the WEA Presidency to help bring about change & strengthen our union </li></ul>
  4. 4. Leadership Change - with Continuity <ul><li>Strong leadership & representation of member interests </li></ul><ul><li>Personal commitment of time, energy & enthusiasm to strengthen our organization </li></ul><ul><li>Three other WEA Cabinet Officers running unopposed </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for the Election Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings at each school to talk with members & explain my candidacy and plans for change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal meetings with members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint & Video distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emails & Phone calls welcomed </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Qualifications: Education <ul><li>Undergraduate – Economics degree (Stanford) </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Law degree (Stanford J.D.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business degree (Stanford M.B.A. & nonprofit management program) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecticut Secondary Teaching Certification Program (SHU), Social Studies/History </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Courses included: Negotiations, labor economics, organizational behavior (labor mgmt.), public sector economics/mgmt., finance, accounting, decision analysis, marketing, statistics, and contracts </li></ul>
  6. 6. Qualifications: Work Experience <ul><li>College & Graduate School – paid for through scholarships, loans and jobs, including </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summers working at fruit cocktail cannery (working in the factory, I learned about the importance of unions to workers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching and research assistant positions during school year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Federal Government Economist, Wash. D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Business/Finance, NYC & Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit Managment, Exec. Director, Calif. </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Westport Public Schools <ul><li>Staples High School: Social Studies Teacher – U.S. History, AP Economics, Western Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Bedford Middle School – 7 th Grade Social Studies Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Building Substitute – BMS </li></ul><ul><li>Paraprofessional – Workshop / Gifted Program, BMS </li></ul>
  8. 8. WEA / CEA Experience <ul><li>Staples High School WEA Building Representative </li></ul><ul><li>CEA Summer Leadership Conference, Negotiations Section, August 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>WEA Negotiating Team Member, 2009-10 </li></ul><ul><li>Our WEA team worked together to counter many proposals made by the BOE & to assure key contract provisions, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job security, work day, and leave provisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical care & insurance coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salary & stipend increases, despite an extremely difficult negotiating environment in CT </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Personal Information <ul><li>Westport Public Schools parent – son a junior at Staples High; previously attended BMS & GFS </li></ul><ul><li>Westport town resident </li></ul><ul><li>Born in San Francisco & grew up in California </li></ul><ul><li>Moved to Connecticut in 2001 for family reasons </li></ul><ul><li>Changed careers to become a teacher (night school at SHU to earn certification) </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer soccer coach for many years (Boys 9-12 th grade now) </li></ul><ul><li>And we have a golden retriever, Molly </li></ul>
  10. 10. Plans for Change – with Continuity <ul><li>Commitment to strong leadership and representation of member interests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance & participation at BOE & BOF meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy on behalf of WEA membership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective informal negotiations with Town Central Office administration & school administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improve communication with WEA members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal meetings with teachers at each school throughout the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timely information / updates on local, state & national issues affecting teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open-door policy; emails & phone calls welcomed </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Plans for Change – with Continuity <ul><li>Strengthen WEA &quot;standing&quot; in the community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pro-active efforts; WPS parent & town resident </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal commitment of time, energy & enthusiasm to strengthen our organization </li></ul><ul><li>Continuity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have worked closely with the WEA Officers as a member of the WEA Executive Board & on the WEA Negotiating Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Pro-teacher&quot; perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong leadership & advocacy </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Contact Information & Meeting Schedule <ul><li>School email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>School phone: 203-341-1279 </li></ul><ul><li>Tentative Schedule of School Meetings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed information to follow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary Schools (meetings after school): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long Lots: Wed., May 19 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coleytown: Thurs., May 20 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greens Farms: Fri., May 21 st </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saugatuck: Tues., May 25 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kings Highway: Thurs., May 27 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bedford Middle: before school on Wed., May 19 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coleytown Middle: after school on Thurs., May 20 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staples High: after school on Wed., May 19 th </li></ul></ul>

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