Mary Cathryn RickerAFT Vice President
Mary Cathryn D. Ricker has been president of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 28, since 2005 and has been a member of the AFT K-12 program and policy council since 2006. She has previously represented the American Federation of Teachers internationally in Finland and the Middle East; and she has represented the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers on Mayoral Sister City delegations to Germany and Mexico. Ricker is a National Board Certified middle school English teacher who has taught in classrooms in St. Cloud, Minn.; Camas, Wash.; Seoul, South Korea; and St. Paul, Minn. Ricker’s teaching was featured by the Annenberg Foundation in the professional development series “Write in the Middle,” and she was a semifinalist for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. Ricker serves on the Education Minnesota governing board and is president of the Education Minnesota Foundation for Teaching and Learning. Ricker also is a member TakeAction Minnesota, the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation and the Twin Cities Strive Leadership Group, which is a community group assembled to find strategies to improve education. In 2012, Ricker was selected to co-chair the State of Minnesota Teacher Evaluation Work Group and has served on the Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Working Group since 2011. Ricker’s husband is a teacher of English language learners, and her children are students in the St. Paul public schools.