I was born and raised in Alaska and my roots are in the village of Ninilchik. When I was a youngster fresh out of college, I taught school in several different rural Alaskan communities. After that I worked in the health care field for many years. Then, three years ago I got back into teaching. During the summer I fish on setnet sites in Cook Inlet with my family. I enjoy reading, hiking, xcountry skiing, skijoring and berry picking. In my next life I want to be a mountain goat. I joined the union because it is important to have teachers rights represented and fought for around the state.
The following individuals have been elected to represent NAEA at the NEA-Alaska Delegate Assembly (DA) January 12 – 14, 2017 in Anchorage, AK.
Seat 1: Winter Allen - KMHS
Seat 2: Corey Shepard - JNES
Seat 3: Lyle Melkerson – Kivalina
Seat 4: Sharon Hulley – JNES
Alternate: Paul Gilbert – JNES
DA is the annual meeting of NEA-Alaska. At this meeting delegates from across the state meet and discuss policy, legislative advocacy positions, and direct the business of the organization for the coming year.
These individuals will provide a report to all NAEA members upon their return from DA. If you have any issues, questions or concerns you would like raised at the DA, please contact them prior to the December Site Representative Meeting so they can report out these ideas/issues prior to their attendance DA.
We know many of you have questions and concerns regarding the recent calendar selection process. We would like to provide you with some background on the issue and then bring you up to speed on where we are currently in the process.
Last spring the Northwest Arctic Education Association (NAEA) filed a grievance asserting that Saturday in-services were a violation of Article X. Standard Work Year and workday as this deviation from the standard workweek had not been mutually agreed upon by the District and the Association. The resolution to this grievance was an MOA (Memorandum of Agreement). The Association allowed the District to continue with Saturday in-services for the current year provided that teachers would be surveyed about in-service and that the Association would be meaningfully involved in the planning of Saturday in-services. Additionally, the Association and the District would work together to create calendar options for the coming years that did not include Saturday in-services.
It is clear from the events that have transpired over the past several weeks that there has been a breakdown in this agreement on the part of the Association and the District. Both groups have taken responsibility for the break down and have agreed to back up and start the process over. We want to thank you for this input you provided to your Site Representatives during this process and we would like to thank the Site Representatives for their diligence in contacting the Association with members questions and concerns. The District and the Association will be meeting on December 1st to re-visit the calendar options and discuss how to accurately fulfill the agreements made in the MOA. If you have further questions or concerns, please direct them to your Site Representative who will them bring them to the Association leadership.
Janice Hadley & Sharon Hulley, NAEA Co-Presidents