President Obama and The White House launched Champions of Change in 2013, a program that recognizes outstanding individuals from across the United States who have made a change in the field in which they work.
Through our work with the National Coalition of Classified Education Support Employee Unions (NCCESEU), two outstanding PSE members will receive this national recognition on May 11th, 2016 at The White House:
Career and Technical Education
Bethel School District
“As an integral part of the Career and Technical Education Department in the Bethel School District near Tacoma, Doris provides innovative career exploration opportunities in under-represented fields, like “Girls in Engineering and Technology,” as well as “Boys in Health Care.” Doris takes initiative to organize events that encourage non-traditional career paths, provides her students with real-world experience by taking them on field trips to worksites, and offers assistance in making the connection into higher education.”
Bethel School District
“The Bethel School District believes that digital learning compliments the excellent teaching and learning that is already happening in the classroom. Each day Edward Ammons, a Computer/AV technician in the Bethel Technology Department, models this belief and has for the past 22 years. His focus each day is to provide the students, staff, and teachers with technology expertise that supports a positive learning environment. He realizes the importance of keeping the technology running, otherwise the learning stops.”
The event will be live streamed on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live/ on Wednesday, May 11, at 2:00 PM ET. The program will feature remarks by Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett.
We will also be live tweeting the ceremony from Washington, D.C., so follow @PSEClassified on Twitter and join the celebration of these leaders in education all this week using #WHChamps.
During our time in our nation’s capital celebrating the incredible work of Doris and Ed, we will meet with members of Congress to discuss and lobby issues important to all classified employees, including funding for key educational programs. Take a look at some facts about our union that we will be sharing with lawmakers during the week of May 9th.
The National Coalition of Classified Education Support Employee Unions (NCCESEU) also includes the California School Employee Association, Minnesota School Employee Association, SEIU Local 284 (Minnesota), the National Education Association, and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.
Being a part of this coalition gives a powerful, united voice to PSE members in the other Washington. It is also a chance for national and local unions to work together and share issues affecting other states and identify common concerns and problems facing classified employees.