AFT Vice President
Jan Hochadel is the president of AFT Connecticut, a diverse state federation of more than 90 local unions representing more than 30,000 public and private sector employees. Members include more than 15,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and other school personnel; over 10,000 public employees; and 7,000 nurses and other healthcare workers. Hochadel also serves as first vice president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and is a member of the AFT executive council's organizing committee and the AFT Public Employees program and policy council.
Prior to her election as AFT Connecticut president, Hochadel was president of the State Vocational Federation of Teachers, which represents the Connecticut Technical High School System's educators and support personnel. At that time, she also served as treasurer of AFT Connecticut's state employee union's coalition and on AFT Connecticut's executive committee as jurisdictional vice president for members employed under the State Employee Relations Act.
In addition to her union leadership roles, Hochadel has a deep background in education and public service. She taught physics at J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, Conn., and at W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury, Conn. She was recognized as Wright THS Teacher of the Year in 2006. She also served on the educational task force that designed Connecticut's TEAM Program, a two-year teacher induction program for new teachers that includes mentorship and professional development support for new educators.