Upcoming JCEA Elections
It’s that time of year again!
Currently, the chairs of our Community Outreach Action Team (COAT) Ethnic Minority Outreach and Advocacy Team (EMOAT), and Professional Practices Action Team (PPAT), are open for election.
Action team chairs will be elected by your JCEA ARs in our March 8th council meeting. Please reach out to your building AR(s) to learn more about our action teams and the great work happening in them!
Additionally, our JCEA secretary position is open for election.
All JCEA members in good standing are eligible and encouraged to vote for JCEA officer positions. Ballots will go out to your personal emails on March 8th after the JCEA council meeting.
The voting window for JCEA secretary will close March 29th at 5:00pm.
Read on to learn about your committed and courageous fellow JCEA members who intend on running for elected leadership positions this year!
JCEA secretary candidate Rhiannon Wenning
I am Rhiannon Wenning, and I am running to be your JCEA Secretary. I am a high school Social Studies teacher at Jefferson Jr/Sr High School, and have been a member of JCEA for 21 years. I currently serve as your JCEA Secretary and I am a member of our Small Donor Committee and Documents Committee.
I have also served as your CEA Board Director for two terms and was an AR for Jefferson for almost two decades. I’ve had the privilege to provide training, member engagement, and organizing opportunities for our members as part of NEA Leaders for Just Schools and CEA and JCEA Ed Summer programs.
I have the experience, commitment, and strength we need as a leader of our union. I possess the passion, fire, and vision we need to fight for our students, collective rights, working conditions, and profession. I hold strong, democratic union values, with an aptitude for fierce advocacy for racial and social justice, equity, and public education.
I want to continue to empower, engage, and amplify our members and their voices, and ensure they are heard. I want to continue to build our capacity, power, and strength of JCEA. I believe we can do this together by increasing our membership and through transparency, open communication, community coalition-building, and collective and political action.
I am an experienced leader and dedicated fighter. A fearless advocate and a thoughtful collaborator and coalition-builder, who believes in the power of our union and its members. I believe that we will win together, and we will win with Wenning.
I would be honored to have your vote for JCEA Secretary. #WinWithWenning
EMOAT chair candidate Sarah Gallagher
My name is Sarah Gallagher and I am currently the EMOAT chair for JCEA.
In my short time of being chair, we have made some big changes to our school system. Foremost, we wrote and passed Article 22 which is, to our knowledge, the first and only article on Equity and Inclusion in an educator contract in the state of Colorado.
With the passing of this article, we have begun the process of holding the district accountable for the language around hiring an Ombuds person to unbiasedly address concerns and conflicts of educators of color, we have met with the array of diversity groups in the district to begin collaborating on how the district can move forward with equity and inclusion in all facets, and our next steps are to move district leadership in forming the Equity Accountability Committee (EAC).
Outside of this, EMOAT has been dedicated to supporting our educators of color and as such, we have run monthly social events to encourage new membership and to bring to light the work we have done and continue to do for our EOCs.
I am what some call a Jeffco Lifer. I attended Jeffco K-12 schools, I have lived in Jefferson County my whole life, and I have been a teacher in Jeffco my entire 13 year career.
I have seen little change in Jeffco throughout my life here but I am encouraged to see that EMOAT has accomplished as much as we have in such a short amount of time.
Our fight is never over and I look forward to leading our team through every right hook and uppercut for another three years.
COAT chair candidate Taylor Davis
Taylor Davis (he/him) is a General Music teacher in the Jefferson County School system. Coming from Elgin Crossroads, Alabama,
Taylor moved to Colorado to start his teaching career in Walden, CO in 2019. There, Taylor spent two years in the Jackson County Education Association, and served one term as President.
It was this opportunity that was a catalyst for his union work. Taylor currently serves as an AR for two sites, is a member of the G.L.U.E. Year-Round Organizing Program for CEA, and is also a Mentor for this year’s CEA Fellowship Ambassador Class.
Through this program as a mentee, Taylor worked with Walden’s Community and Chamber of Commerce to garner mental health support for his fellow staff and students. Working alongside other teachers through the CEA Fellowship Program, Taylor has had the opportunity to be present in antiracist spaces, and participated in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and what this looks like for Jefferson County Schools.
While in G.L.U.E. this past summer, Taylor worked with other JCEA and JESPA members to gather information on the state of the union and how we could help. This poured over into the election cycle, and Taylor was present for canvassing and phone banking to the community of Jefferson County.
Taylor’s experience as a President, JCEA AR, and Core member of ECEAT Team has allowed him to hone his skillset, including organizing community members and bringing them to action.
Have you taken our
healthcare cost survey yet????
Proposed increases to your healthcare benefits upcoming – we need to know where YOU stand on the changes!
All member survey open NOW through midnight Sunday, February 27th
The district benefits plan committee has been presented with significant increases to your healthcare costs and will be holding a vote of committee representatives March 1st on possible changes and increases in cost.
In the interest of transparency and member voice your JCEA representatives on the benefits committee need to hear from you to inform their votes.
Please know that these proposed increases will mean that we have to get ready for district wide organizing efforts to support your team at the table while they continue to advocate for money to help cover the increasing costs of not only health care but all living expenses!