Last year, the Newark Teachers Union recognized 14 members who were nominated by their peers to be recognized for their service for the students and community of Newark.
Who are these members? They’re the ones who when you’re putting up a bulletin board stop and help you cutting into their own lunch period. They’re the ones who ask staff centric questions at staff meetings and get away with it because they’re knowledgeable and respected by colleagues and administration alike.
They bring you a Snickers bar when you’re down and don’t bust your chops about why. They offer to car pool to union meetings and buy the first round at the restaurant waiting for the School Advisory Board meeting to begin.
I used to love a certain Art Teacher at my first school. Every school develops a family, and at that school he was the grandfather. Even at the end of the day, when we were all drained, he would have us doing jumping jacks at a faculty meeting just to pump up the energy. In a community with very few males and even fewer grandfathers, this guy was everyone’s go-to abuelo.
So go ahead and take a look around your building, who’s that member we should recognize? And don’t be bashful, take a look in the mirror—it may be you.
Nominations must be received by Friday, March 24!
John M. Abeigon
President/Director of Organization