Western Teacher : Volume 46.1 - January 2017
Western Teacher January 2017 15 Industrial Meet your SSTUWA leadership team Senior officers and Executive Committee Pat Byrne, President Pat was first elected to the position of SSTUWA president in 1999, the first woman to hold the position. From 2003-2007 she was federal president of the Australian Education Union. Pat was again elected vice president of the SSTUWA in 2011 and president in 2013. Pat has over 20 years of teaching experience in primary education, including as a teacher of English as a Second Language. She has also had experience in a number of union roles, including as the Women’s Officer, Industrial Advocate and District Organiser. Pat is committed to the maintenance of a strong quality public education system in WA through targeted funding initiatives underpinned by well-resourced and well supported principals and teachers. Paul Bridge, Senior Vice President Paul has 26 years of experience in education as a teacher, school leader and area director in rural and remote communities. In 2014, he undertook a Churchill Fellowship study after his first-hand experiences with young Aboriginal boys aged 12-15 that were disengaging from the schooling process. Paul has been an SSTUWA member since 1989. His commitment to the union has seen Paul undertake roles as an ATSI member on Executive, and the WA ATSI member of the Australian Education Union Yalukit Yulendj Committee. As an Aboriginal educator, he is aware of the critical challenges facing public schools and indigenous students in rural and remote community schools and has been involved in projects liaising with Aboriginal communities, government agencies, universities and community bodies. Samantha Schofield, Vice President Samantha began her teaching career in 2006 as a high school English teacher. She was a year coordinator before taking a coordinator position in 2011 with six high schools, in partnership with Curtin University, to raise the aspirations of students from low SES backgrounds. Samantha joined the NSW Teachers Federation as a prac teacher and the SSTUWA upon her first WA teaching appointment. She was an elected State Council delegate from 2008, an Executive member from 2012 and was elected Vice President in 2014. Samantha is committed to maintaining the pressure on governments to improve member conditions and entitlements so that all of society can benefit through high quality public education. Mary Franklyn, General Secretary Mary has been an SSTUWA member for all her teaching and union career and has taught in schools in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Dampier and in Canada. She has a long history of union involvement and has served in roles such as union rep, union organiser and Education and Training Centre coordinator. She is committed to ensuring that members’ industrials rights and conditions are protected and improved and are always at the front of everything we do. Mary believes that the strength of a collective union voice is critical. In the current climate Mary’s leadership job is focused on how we use our collective voice in every school/college, from Kununurra to Bremer Bay, to ensure and enforce respect – industrially and professionally.
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