Vote Now for Your AFT Everyday Hero
Cast your vote now for your favorite AFT Everyday Hero for 2014!
Semifinalists from each AFT division have been chosen, representing teachers, PSRPs, higher education staff and faculty, public employees, healthcare professionals, early childhood educators and retirees.
Read about fellow 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. Then, vote for one Everyday Hero from each constituency group. Voting is open through April 20.
The semifinalist who gets the most votes in each division will be named his or her division’s 2014 Everyday Hero and will be honored at this year’s AFT convention.
Teacher, Andrew Cooke Magnet School, Waukegan, Ill.
Lake County Federation of Teachers, Local 504
Teacher, Edsel Ford High School, Dearborn, Mich.
Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Local 681
James V. Holcombe, Jr.
Teacher, J.E.B. Stuart High School, Falls Church, Va.
Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, Local 2401
Teacher, Niagara Wheatfield High School, Sanborn, N.Y.
Niagara-Wheatfield Teachers Association, Local 2871
Teacher, Frost Middle School, Lawrence, Mass.
Lawrence Teachers’ Union, Local 1019
AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel
Academic Behavior Support Specialist, Plymouth Middle School,
Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers, Local 872
Head Custodian, North Eugene High School, Eugene, Ore.
Oregon School Employees Association, Local 6732, Chapter 1
Computer Programmer, Morton College, Cicero, Ill.
Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600
Bilingual Liaison, Lincoln High School, Tacoma, Wash.
Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators, Local 461
Maureen "Reenie" Sperka
Special Education Paraprofessional, Old Quarry Middle School, St. Lemont, Ill.
AFT Local 604
AFT Higher Education
Instructor, City College of San Francisco
City College of San Francisco Faculty Union, AFT Local 2121
Working Families Program Director, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.
Union of Rutgers Administrators-AFT, Local 1766
Assistant Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement, Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.
Montclair State Faculty, Professional Staff and Librarians , Local 1904
AFT Public Employees
Manufacturing Technology Department Head, Windham Technical High School,
State Vocational Federation of Teachers, Local 4200A
Life Skills Trainer, Life Skills & Transition Center, Grafton, N.D.
North Dakota Public Employees, Local 4660
Application Architect for Systems Integration (Information Technology), University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Conn.
University Health Professionals, Local 3837
Registered Nurse, St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.
Washington State Nurses Association, Local 5901
School Nurse, Scott High School, Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Federation of Teachers, Local 250
Registered Nurse, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Nurses Association, Local 5903
Dental Hygienist and Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.
Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association, Local 5124
Presidents, AFT Connecticut Locals 5049, 5051 and 5123
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London, Conn.
Early Childhood Educators
Paraeducator, Marshall School, Hempstead, N.Y.
Hempstead Teaching Assistants Association, Local 4664
Teacher, Martin Luther King Center, Charleston, W.Va.
AFT-Kanawha, Local 4444
Teacher, Hawaiian Elementary School, Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.
ABC Federation of Teachers, Local 2317
Teacher, Prairie Hill School, South Beloit, Ill.
Prairie Hill Federation of Teachers, Local 4423
Special Education Paraeducator, Bush Early Education Center, Wilmington, Del.
The Federation, Local 762 (Brandywine School District Paraeducators)
Retired Teacher, Wappinger Falls, N.Y.
Wappingers Congress of Retired Teachers, Local 1989
Retired PSRP, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
St. Lucie County Classroom Teachers Association and Classified Unit, Local 3616
Retired Teacher, Pawtucket, R.I.
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, Local 8037R
Retired Public Employee, Bay Shore, N.Y.
New York State Public Employees Federation, Retirees Chapter, Local 4053