While it’s a little bittersweet to say goodbye to summer, the beginning of a school year is always an exciting time, full of hope for the positive impact we can make on our students. Being an educator is more than just a job; you are the glue that holds our communities together. WV teachers and service personnel work tirelessly to meet our students’ academic, social and emotional needs. These needs have only multiplied in the post-COVID era and so have the challenges of addressing these needs each day. But one fact remains certain…the past few years have demonstrated just how important you are--and continue to be-- to our children and communities.
Please know AFT-WV is here to support you in your profession. Whether it’s online professional development or addressing classroom concerns, your union is ready to help… we are just a phone call away! Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the many discounts and benefits available to members…utilizing these benefits can often pay for your yearly union dues in savings.
AFT-WV is launching a campaign this fall to address one of our members’ top concerns—disruptive behavior that impedes the learning of other students and sometimes even creates a safety issue for students and staff. Watch for more information on this campaign and how you can get involved!
Remember, a union is only as strong as its membership. If you aren’t already a member of AFT-WV, I invite you to join today and become a part of our union family.
Best wishes as you embark on this school year and thank you for all you do for West Virginia’s children.