Richmond Ea President resume example with 8 years of experience

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Professional Summary

Committed advocate for the rights of public school teachers. Proven local leader. Experience at increasing and organizing membership. Well-versed in relevant Indiana Code and ISTA advocacy practices. Knowledgeable about and significant experience in the processes and protocols of advocacy, bargaining, discussion, membership, and representation. Excellent reputation for resolving problems and improving professional relationships. Adept in the application of communication skills, both written and spoken. Passionate advocate for public school teachers and public schools.

    • Interpersonal Skills/Listening Skills
    • Integrity and Transparency
    • Executive Leadership/Organizational Development
    • Analytical Skills/ Decision Making/Strategic Planning
    • Relationship/Team Building/Collaborative Skills
    • Effective Written/Verbal Communicator
    • Contract negotiation/Grievance handling
    • Code and Contract comprehension/ interpretation
Work History
Richmond EA President, 06/2013 - Current
Illinois Action For Children Chicago, IL,
  • Served as president of Richmond Education Association since June of 2013.
  • Worked in collaboration with ISTA governance personnel to update Richmond EA Constitution.
  • Organize materials, people, and information for annual membership drive.
  • Facilitate annual membership drive.
  • Organize and train building-level Association Representatives at beginning of each school year and throughout year.
  • Communicate regularly with members of Richmond EA regarding information related to ongoing work of REA (Bargaining, Discussion, Executive Board/AR meeting information, etc.), as well as contemporary issue/incident/legislative related information.
  • Recruit, organize, and train members of Richmond EA Bargaining Team.
  • Recruit, organize, and train members of Richmond EA Corporate Discussion Team.
  • Recruit Richmond EA members for district-level committees, per IC 20-29-5-7.
  • Recruit, appoint, and organize Richmond EA members to Executive Committee of Insurance Trust.
  • Organize and facilitate Richmond EA Executive Board meetings.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with Richmond Community Schools superintendent in effort to promote collaboration, communication, and problem-avoidance/problem-solving.
  • Build positive relationships with building-level administrators to promote proactive communication aimed at avoiding issues that could rise to district-level.
  • Build positive relationships with district-level administrators to promote proactive communication aimed at avoiding issues that could result in need for REA to pursue legal recourse.
  • Invited to attend and provide comment on RCS Board initiated committee meetings designed to address Board issues/concerns regarding topics such as finance, grade level reconfiguration, facilities issues, etc.
  • Organized and facilitated collaboration between Richmond EA and Richmond Community Schools participation in "Red for Ed" rally held on November 19, 2019.
  • Currently collaborating with ISTA community organizer, LaQuita Maxey, and Richmond Community Schools interim superintendent, Jennifer O'Brien, on initial effort of Richmond EA to address issues of racial equity and recruiting BIPOC teachers to RCS.
  • Significant experience representing teacher members who are in jeopardy due to performance evaluation issues or disciplinary issues.
  • Experience with grievance process, outlined in Master Contract between REA and RCS, to address potential and actual violations of contract language.
  • Experience organizing and strategizing member response campaign to a previous administration's missteps regarding withholding retroactive pay disbursement, in violation of agreement between RCS and REA.
  • Collaborated with ISTA attorney Eric Hylton and ISTA UD Scott Priest when Richmond EA filed multiple Unfair Labor Practice suits against Richmond Community Schools.
  • Significant experience in public speaking, whether at community event, ratification meeting, member meeting or addressing Board of Education.
Richmond EA Bargaining Team Spokesperson, 08/2013 - Current
Richmond Education Association City, STATE,
    • Recruited and organized bargaining team.
    • Assemble relevant bargaining information prior to first session.
    • Organize local bargaining team meeting for pre-planning.
    • Schedule bargaining sessions in collaboration with district administration.
    • Consult and communicate with ISTA UD regarding status of bargaining.
    • Experience with mediation and fact-finding.
    • Communicate with members regarding status of bargaining.
    • Organize and facilitate ratification meetings, including conducting ratification vote.
Richmond EA Discussion Team Spokesperson, 01/1998 - Current
Richmond Education Association City, STATE,
  • Recruit and train members of Corporate Discussion Team.
  • Utilize ISTA training and experience as building-level discussion representative to take on leadership role as spokesperson.
  • Assert and advocate for rights of members as proscribed in Indiana Code 20-29-5-7.
  • Promote unity and efficacy of corporate discussion team via organization and effective communication.
  • Assert and protect right of corporate team members to represent membership via frank and open dialogue.
Richmond EA Association Representative, 08/1988 - Current
Richmond Education Association City, STATE,
    • Recruit and provide REA orientation for new members at Dennis Middle School.
    • Represent members when disciplinary or evaluative issues arise.
    • Represent members interests/concerns/issues with administration.
    • Communication with members regarding building-level and district-level issues/concerns.
Professional Educator, 06/2013 - 06/2014
Richmond Community Schools City, STATE,
    • Thirty-three years experience working with diverse interests groups in educational setting.
    • Planned and implemented integrated Social Studies lessons to meet national standards.
    • Kept students on-task with proactive behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies.
    • Graded and evaluated student assignments, papers and course work.
    • Assisted struggling students to maintain progress levels by designing individualized lesson plans focused on areas for improvement.
    • Evaluated and revised lesson plans and course content to facilitate and moderate classroom discussions and student-centered learning.
    • Worked cooperatively with other teachers, administrators and parents to help students reach learning objectives in U.S. History.
    • Reviewed curriculum and devised alternate approaches to presenting lessons to increase student understanding.
    • Incorporated exciting and engaging activities to reinforce student participation and hands-on learning.
    • Communicated frequently with parents, students and faculty to provide feedback and discuss instructional strategies.
Richmond EA Vice President, 06/2006 - 06/2013
Richmond Education Association City, STATE,
    • Served for one year as REA Vice President. Assumed office of president when previous president resigned mid-term.
    • During second half of term as vice president, assumed many duties of president, due to president entering ISTA UD intern program.
Richmond EA Bargaining Team Member, 08/2006 - 06/2013
Richmond Education Association City, STATE,
    • Experience as bargaining team member, utilizing collective bargaining training provided by ISTA at multiple Collective Bargaining Conferences.
    • Developed strong collaborative relationships with REA bargaining team members and ISTA UniServe Directors (Bim Phelps, Chris Campbell, and Scott Priest).
Richmond EA Discussion Team Member, 06/2006 - 06/2013
Richmond Education Association City, STATE,
  • Represented Dennis Middle School on Richmond EA Corporate Discussion team.
  • Advocated for interests of Richmond EA members from Dennis Middle School at district-level.
  • Gained experience in both adversarial and collaborative engagement with district-level administration.
  • Increased knowledge of Indiana Code 20-29-5-7, pertaining to rights of teachers and Association.
Emerging Leaders Training I & II: , Expected in
Indiana State Teachers Association - Indianapolis, Indiana,
Master of Arts: Middle School Education, Expected in 05/1997
Ball State University - Muncie, Indiana,
Bachelor of Science: Secondary Education - Social Studies, Expected in 12/1983
Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana,

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School Attended

  • Indiana State Teachers Association
  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University

Job Titles Held:

  • Richmond EA President
  • Richmond EA Bargaining Team Spokesperson
  • Richmond EA Discussion Team Spokesperson
  • Richmond EA Association Representative
  • Professional Educator
  • Richmond EA Vice President
  • Richmond EA Bargaining Team Member
  • Richmond EA Discussion Team Member


  • Emerging Leaders Training I & II
  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

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