I am both grateful and honored to be the first Education Support Professional (ESP) elected by the newly merged bargaining unit made up of teachers and support employees to be the president of EASMC. I hold a B.S. in Psychology from Illinois State University and a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I began my career with SMCPS as a substitute teacher in 1989 and subbed on and off for nearly twenty years before being hired as a benefited employee in January of 2012. I held the following positions: Special Education Para, Media Clerk and FLOW Program Manager before being elected president. I have been involved in the association all six years. First, as a building rep and then holding various positions on the Board of Directors ; Secretary, Vice-president, and Co-president. I strive to represent all members and continue to advocate to have our unified voices heard. I also deeply believe that ESP and teachers working together to strengthen our association is essential.