The Education Association of St. Mary’s County (EASMC) and the Collective Education Association of St. Mary’s (CEASMC) officially merged four years ago in 2016. EASMC has grown and thrived during my first term (three years) as your president of our merged bargaining unit made up of certificated and education support employees (ESP). 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 worked in the following positions before becoming president of EASMC: Special Education Para Educator, Media Clerk and Program Manager for the after school mentorship program formerly known as FLOW. I joined the union the first day I was hired as a benefitted employee with SMCPS. I served as an ESP building rep and then held these offices on the Board of Directors: Secretary (CEASMC), Vice-President (CEASMC), and Co-President (EASMC & CEASMC). I hold a B.S. in Psychology from Illinois State University and a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I strive to represent all members and continue to advocate to have our unified voices heard. I am very proud that EASMC negotiated another four year agreement with steps and COLA’s all four years (2020-2024). I deeply believe that we are stronger together as a merged local and that all voices at the table make it possible to advocate for better working conditions for ALL our members. There is power in unity and raising our collective voices together!