How OEA Is Helping Me and My Students
My name is Fatima Sequeira, and I am a second-grade teacher in Salem. I was inspired by my own second grade teacher to become an educator. She was incredibly creative and inspired students of diverse backgrounds to go out into the world and make change.
Her example showed me the power and possibilities of a profession that I am proud to be a part of and worked hard to join. As a Latina teacher, I hope to inspire future generations of students like I was inspired. Many of these students are students of color or from families struggling with high poverty. They have so many odds stacked against them, and as educators we have a unique and irreplaceable role in helping them overcome those odds. It is not just their lives we impact: we are changing our communities.
I’m proud to be a member of the OEA. I believe that my membership is an important part of how we impact the lives of our students. OEA provides tools, training and grants that further my professional development. Our membership gives our union the power to negotiate for working conditions and contracts in our districts that better enable us to serve our kids, and advocate in the legislature for better school funding, And in a national environment that constantly questions the value of public education, our membership helps us defend our profession here in Oregon.
I’m proud to be an educator. And I’m proud to be a part of an organization that is entirely dedicated to the reasons I became one in the first place. Now, more than ever, we should stand together.