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Congratulations to our Everyday Hero finalists!

Everyday Heroes

The votes are in and your 2014 Everyday Hero finalists have been selected.

Read about these AFT members who epitomize the spirit of public service, camaraderie and compassion, and inspire us all to reclaim the promise in our chosen fields and in our communities.

The 2014 Everyday Hero finalists will be honored at this year’s AFT convention.

AFT Teachers

Julie Ahern
Teacher, Andrew Cooke Magnet School, Waukegan, Ill.
Lake County Federation of Teachers, Local 504

Read Julie's story.


AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel

Richie Pawlak
Computer Programmer, Morton College, Cicero, Ill.
Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600

Read Richie's story.


AFT Higher Education

Krystal Woolston
Assistant Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement, Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.
Montclair State Faculty, Professional Staff and Librarians , Local 1904

Read Krystal's story.


AFT Public Employees

Jim Cardin
Manufacturing Technology Department Head, Windham Technical High School,
Willimantic, Conn.
State Vocational Federation of Teachers, Local 4200A

Read Jim's story.


AFT Healthcare

Lisa D’Abrosca
Stephanie Johnson
Harry Rodriguez
Presidents, AFT Connecticut Locals 5049, 5051 and 5123
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London, Conn.

Read their stories.


Early Childhood Educators

Maria Alamo
Paraeducator, Marshall School, Hempstead, N.Y.
Hempstead Teaching Assistants Association, Local 4664

Read Maria's story


AFT Retirees

Carol Keiser
Retired Teacher, Pawtucket, R.I.
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, Local 8037R

Read Carol's story.