Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson.
A building rep’s job is vital, but it’s time-consuming, and often receives little thanks.
That’s why, here at CEA, we’re recognizing building reps around the state for their dedication to their colleagues and their willingness to devote time out of their busy schedules to this important job.
Building Rep Ricardo Gibson has been a physical education and health teacher at Reed School in Waterbury for six years, but this is his first year as a building rep.
“I wanted to know more about the union and get involved behind the scenes,” Gibson says. “My colleagues are grateful and very personable.”
Denise Griffin, a Reed School sixth grade English language arts teacher says that students love Gibson.
“He is a community success story. He participates in the afternoon programs with the kids,” Gibson says.
She adds, “Teachers love Ricardo as a building rep since he is always so enthusiastic. He is always one of the first ones to wear a funny hat or participate in events to help improve morale.”
Do you know a great building rep who deserves to be recognized? Let us know and we could feature him/her in our next story.