Union leader pays a visit

first_imgLeffingwell Elementary program specialist/teacher Marcie Vinson said she was just happy to open up the school’s Infant and Family program to visitors. “Anything that gets people out here to see what we’re doing is great,” Vinson said. “We’re always happy to show off what we have.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST WHITTIER – When politicians criticize teachers and public education, California Teachers Association Vice President David A. Sanchez wishes they could see what he sees – and in particular, what he experienced Tuesday in a visit to the East Whittier City School District. He wishes they could hear Murphy Ranch Elementary School students animatedly singing songs to help them remember scientific concepts, or witness the dazzling yet simple solar-system decorations in a severely handicapped classroom at Leffingwell Elementary. “When I was teaching, I did the same thing – I had floor-to-ceiling bulletin boards,” said Sanchez, who will become the first elected Latino president of the powerful CTA in June, when current President Barbara Kerr steps down. “This teacher went all out to make his classroom a wonderful learning environment – and if Gov. Schwarzenegger were here today, he would see some good teaching and lots of learning going on,” Sanchez added. This is the second year in a row that the top brass at CTA, the behemoth union that represents most of the state’s teachers, have paid a visit to East Whittier schools. It offers a rare opportunity for teachers to speak directly to CTA leadership about their concerns, said Madeline Shapiro, president of the East Whittier Education Association, which represents the district’s teachers. That way, Shapiro said, Sanchez “doesn’t seem like this far-off person they can’t relate to, or that somehow the CTA is separate from what they are.” “That’s the main thing,” Shapiro added. “And as future president, Mr. Sanchez can become more familiar with my local community, school district and my own members.” Sanchez visited Murphy Ranch, Leffingwell and Hillview Middle schools Tuesday before sitting down to a luncheon with Superintendent Joe Gillentine, school board members and EWEA officials. last_img read more

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