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.
Here at CEA, we’re recognizing building reps from around the state for their dedication to their colleagues and their willingness to devote time out of their busy schedules to this important job.
This week’s building rep superhero is Debbie April, a teacher at the alternative Enlightenment School in Waterbury who has been teaching for 32 years.
April says that a main focus of her role as a building rep is to pass information from the state level on to members in her school so they are informed about the issues and can get the information they need
“Many of our teachers don’t have time to read everything so I share important news with my colleagues,” April says. “It’s helpful to our members who are busy. I also answer a lot of questions. Our members look to their building reps as problem solvers.”
Hugh Aird, an Enlightenment School science teacher, says, “Debbie keeps me on top of what is going on. She answers my questions, especially regarding pensions or anything I am not sure about. She is extremely important. She is our #1 contact and the person I call first.”
“I appreciate Debbie’s knowledge,” says Jocelyn Person, another science teacher at the Enlightenment School. “She is approachable and has answers to my questions. She keeps us informed. I’m not sure where I’d go without her. She is essential.”
Do you know a building rep superhero? Contact us and let us know what your building rep does to help you.