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Jim Barrett It is a true honor to share with my colleagues in GAE my vision for where GAE can go in the future. As the only practicing educator candidate in the race, I am uniquely positioned to not just speak for teachers, but understand them. Saying that I am going to be a voice for teachers, education support professionals and others in GAE is only half of the equation. You have a voice of your own. My presidency will be marked by connecting the practitioner, who teaches, serves in the lunch line, cleans the gym, and drives the bus, to the public, and the GAE Board of Directors. Your voice should never be lost before, during, or after a campaign. I am committed to showing us all that we know more than we think we do and a lot more than we are given credit for. We are EXPERTS. To that end, I am committed to working at the Capitol to build bridges of influence with members of both parties. GAE cannot survive and be relevant if we allow partisan politics to block paths to good public policy in education. And finally, I will seek to build our own internal bridges of cooperation and togetherness between the governance and staff sides of GAE. I will honor and obey the Constitution and By-Laws of GAE, and will hold the wishes of the Representative Assembly as the ultimate arbiter of the direction of our organization. Your vote is asked for and greatly appreciated. Sid Chapman My fellow GAE members, this next election may be the most important one in GAE’s recent history. We are on the threshold of moving forward and becoming even more of a powerhouse in public education. We must end the trend of the continuing decline in membership, services, and organizing. As your president, I will take my vast experience, along with yours, to take ownership of this organization and move GAE forward! While traveling around the state, I have realized that a great disconnect exists among members in GAE. Our members need venues in order to network and build relationships. If GAE is going to be the premiere professional association, its members must be informed, empowered, and in charge! There must be a better effort of providing leadership development, professional learning, honoring our retired, nurturing our students, and recruiting and retaining new members. GAE needs a president who holds union values and can energize, organize, and mobilize its members. I AM THAT PERSON! Our members own GAE and expect and deserve advocacy, representation, and collective and political action. 18 | KNOW • Volume 12 Issue 1 GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS 2014 Candidates for GAE Officers, GAE District Directors, NEA Delegates, & GAE Fund for Public Education (FPE) No one in this state should question GAE’s willingness to fight for its members and public education! I love GAE and have dedicated much of my life to it. I believe in the values for which it stands. The choice is clear for a better GAE: VOTE FOR SID CHAPMAN. I ask for your support and vote for a better GAE! Charlotte Booker I, Charlotte Booker, want to be your new Georgia Association of Educators Vice President. “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford As your current Secretary/ Treasurer, I know GAE election 2014 is about teamwork. It is about our ability to see ourselves as a team. It’s about seeing all facets of GAE being willing to be a part of a team that works toward goals. It’s about including all of our members on the team. Teamwork is essential to GAE’s success. It requires a sharing of values and views to obtain a common goal through trust, along with open and honest communication. GAE must use teamwork to align with our purpose and mission and our actions. Only through teamwork, can we reach our goals to a brighter future. With this in mind, I ask for you to support me, Charlotte Booker, as Vice President in the upcoming 2014 election. I am willing to listen and respond to your voice so that we can be a TEAM to accomplish the work of GAE. Let us not look back, but forward in our endeavors. Membership, inclusiveness, communication and transparency will be key focal points to form a winning team. Collectively we can pull together, stay together and work together in GAE to see ourselves as the greatest, most cohesive, and progressive organization ever. So I ask of you to put on your uniform and let’s get on the playing field and Go! FIGHT! WIN! Brian Law Having worked at all levels from P-16 in jobs such as teaching, leadership, school counseling and college instruction, I have an understanding and appreciation of various educator positions. I have worked in rural and city schools with students from all cultures from migrant education, alternative education and Title 1 schools. I also served in many leadership positions at the local, state and national level to include president of both the state and national school counseling associations. My leadership philosophy includes leading with integrity and respect for each individual. The skills of communication, organization and relationship building enable me to work with others as a team to build on cohesion and mission. I have experienced educational lobbying at local, state and national levels. My experiences have helped me become a successful leader and life-long learner. I would be honored to serve as the GAE Vice President to promote education for every student with fairness and growth for each educator in Georgia. I have much admiration for GAE. I was a former member and local leader in another association until I made the change and became a local association president and building representative in GAE seven years ago. I have continually worked to promote GAE as the leading association for educators who make the difference in our state’s growth and future. As you cast your vote for the GAE Vice President, remember Law as your Leader. Thanks for everything you do for the students of Georgia! Dr. Tonia Yvonne Mason As a former classroom teacher, former assistant principal, principal of one of the most prestigious high schools in Augusta, Georgia, Lucy Craft Laney Comprehensive High School and President of the Richmond County Association of Educators, I am running for the position of Vice President of Georgia Association of Educators. I am running for Vice President of GAE because the organization has been the foundation of my life in education and to assist the President in making the organization STRONGER, VIABLE, SERVICE-ORIENTED, and MEMBERSHIP DRIVEN professional association in the State of Georgia. The Vice President of this great educational organization must be willing to serve in this role with a self-less heart. This position is not about self, it’s about the greater good of the EDUCATORS of the Georgia Association of Educators. I am ready to serve as Vice President because I am a selfless servant. If elected as Vice President of the Georgia Association of Educators, I will support the President; I will fight to bring back respect to the EDUCATORS of Georgia; I will rebuild our services to our members; I will help grow and sustain the organization; I will ensure the organization is financially sound; and I will ensure that the VOICES of our members are heard. Help me, help GAE put a “Brand New Face on the Frontlines of Education”…Vote for Dr. Tonia Yvonne Mason for Vice President of Georgia Association of Educators. GAE PRESIDENT GAE VICE PRESIDENT


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