TABCO Bulletin Fall 2018 - Page 6

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How did your political life begin?
I started with TABCO on the old Homework Hotline!
Me too!
I became a Building Rep, I chaired the TABCO Membership Committee
Then what happened?
and served on other committees before serving on the TABCO Board of
Directors. From there I ran and become TABCO Vice President then in 2003 I
had the honor of serving as TABCO President for eight years, while towards
the end also serving on the MSEA Board of Directors.
Did you go back to teaching after that?
I taught fifth grade, all subjects, at Prettyboy Elementary.
I was
extremely anxious going into the classroom after being a release time officer
for eight years, but I loved the experience back in the classroom. Teaching
students and working with great colleagues at a school site reminded me why I
love teaching and working with students. Teaching is hard work, but very
rewarding. I miss working each day with students, but I don’t miss the
increased paperwork and lack of autonomy for teachers.
Right now, I get
released time from the classroom for some of my leadership roles.
When my
term is over, I will consider going right back to the classroom, or some other
adventure, maybe even retirement.
Do you have a specific goal as President of MSEA?
My goal is to bring educators together to take back our voice in the
decision-making process.
Educators need to be activists to articulate and
demand what is needed in our schools to best educate our students.
I want our
state association to be seen as the go-to experts in education!
Do you think teachers are too humble?
We are nurturers and rule followers often by the nature of our work. We
love what we do and are doing the best job we can when faced with challenges
and lack of resources in many places.
But we can only do so much with so
little, and when we see our students being hurt by not being a priority we must
be their voices. We need to be able to shake the boat a little for the sake of our
President Bost

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