It’s Classified: News Briefs for Support Staff, Summer 2018

San Francisco mayor names Paraeducator of the Year

THE MAYOR of San Francisco recently recognized 10 public school educators for their dedication and professionalism. Honorees were selected based on their ability to promote innovative learning, accountability, and equity and access in the classroom and school site.

The 2018 awards included the mayor’s first-ever Paraeducator of the Year. Mary Lavalais attended City College and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a graduate degree in marriage, family, and child counseling at San Francisco State University.

The native San Franciscan began working in early childhood development in 1970 and joined the unified district as a student advisor in 1986. Lavalais has been at the S.F. Community School since 2000 and represents instructional aides on the executive board of her union, United Educators of San Francisco.


Antelope Valley local awards scholarships in CFT field rep’s name

THE ANTELOPE VALLEY Federation awarded six scholarships at a May 18 event sponsored by the college foundation.

High school seniors Star Collins and Amanda Martinez each received $500 from the Karen Curtis Scholarship, which the AFT Local 4683 created to honor one of the union’s driving forces, CFT Field Representative Karen Curtis.

Curtis died in 2016, a year after retiring. Her sister Leslie, also a union rep, and who originally encouraged “K.C.” to become a union activist, presented this year’s awards.

“K.C. did most of our early training, negotiated our first contract…all of that,” said President Pamela Ford. “She was so inspirational for us.”

Local 4683 awarded another of its $500 scholarships to member Felix Vasquez, a clerical assistant who is seeking a degree in small business management. Vasquez was a journeyman mason for 15 years and member of the Cement Masons Union. His dad was a member for 25 years.

“It was through my dad that I was introduced to all the benefits unions can offer their members,” Vasquez said. “I believe unions give representation to any member who needs it so that they can keep working, unaffected and unafraid.”


AFT Local 1931: Framed on Instagram! 

According to Danielle Short, classified vice president for San Diego’s AFT Guild, the local was looking for ways to make campus tabling more dynamic and encourage more conversation with members. 

A brainstorming session led to the idea of a giant photo frame. Campus printing services helped create the frame and printed it. “We used it for our tabling,” Short said. “And then we just ran with it for other events and outreach. It definitely breaks the ice — and it’s a lot of fun.” 

> Find the local on Instagram at @aftguild1931. 


Classified Conference: October 19-21 in the Bay Area

AT OUR ANNUAL conference, you can catch up on current issues, gear up for the General Election, attend workshops on professional topics, network with your colleagues and have some fun. This year’s event will be held October 19-21 at The Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae. 

Scholarships are available to members from small locals and to members from locals who are attending the conference for the first time. Learn more about the scholarships online, where you can also register to attend the conference.

We hope to see you in Millbrae!

> Learn more about the Classified Conference here. 


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