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Central Alabama AFT The Central Alabama AFT is a union of professionals that champions high-quality public education, he

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I❤️AFT Michelle Kelly and Janine Miller at Leeds Middle School!  AFT brought breakfast for Leeds Summer School.
07/07/2021

I❤️AFT Michelle Kelly and Janine Miller at Leeds Middle School! AFT brought breakfast for Leeds Summer School.

I❤️AFT Michelle Kelly and Janine Miller at Leeds Middle School! AFT brought breakfast for Leeds Summer School.

06/28/2021

Marrianne, Sheila and Lin Howell visited the Dreamcatchers Program at Susan Moore Elementary today! Each teacher, faculty and staff member received and AFT insulated cup. We are so proud to be a part of such an amazing program. Brandy Salamone was gracious enough to tell you a little bit about this wonderful program. Please take a moment and learn more about Dreamcatchers...
There IS still beauty and goodness in the world....

As many of you may remember, AFT,  the Central Alabama Labor Council, Hands On Birmingham and the United Way partnered t...
06/26/2021

As many of you may remember, AFT, the Central Alabama Labor Council, Hands On Birmingham and the United Way partnered together to provide bicycles for attendance incentives for the Dreamcatchers and Explorer Camps at Susan Moore Elementary School and Blountsville Elementary School. Here are the 4 winners of the bicycles at Blountsville Elementary School. Their camp ended yesterday with 100 students achieving perfect attendance, according to Mitchie Neel!!!
The Susan Moore Elementary Camp will be continuing for another week. We can't wait to see the next 4 winners!!! We get so excited about these opportunities to partner with school districts!

As many of you may remember, AFT, the Central Alabama Labor Council, Hands On Birmingham and the United Way partnered together to provide bicycles for attendance incentives for the Dreamcatchers and Explorer Camps at Susan Moore Elementary School and Blountsville Elementary School. Here are the 4 winners of the bicycles at Blountsville Elementary School. Their camp ended yesterday with 100 students achieving perfect attendance, according to Mitchie Neel!!!
The Susan Moore Elementary Camp will be continuing for another week. We can't wait to see the next 4 winners!!! We get so excited about these opportunities to partner with school districts!

06/24/2021

Administrative updates that were approved at the Jefferson County Board meeting today.....
*Tanika Hicks was appointed to Gardendale High School as Assistant Principal
*Chris Fisher was approved to transfer to Hueytown High School as Assistant Principal.
*Asia Bryant appointed as Principal of Grantswood School.
*Keith Brown was approved as Assistant Principal of McCalla Elementary
*John Dixon Goodson was appointed to the Burkett Center as Assistant Principal
** please know that appointments were called out at today's board meeting. I'm waiting on the personnel actions for the correct spelling. We were anxious to post them for you.
AFT always on your side!
If you're not a member....you should be!

The Morgan Project is offering a workshop Thursday, June 24 from 9am - 3pm at the Jefferson County BOE. During the works...
06/22/2021
The Morgan Project

The Morgan Project is offering a workshop Thursday, June 24 from 9am - 3pm at the Jefferson County BOE.

During the workshop, presenters will discuss a curriculum module based on A Time to Speak, an historical memoir by the late Charles “Chuck” Morgan, Jr. The goal of the workshop is to gather input and reaction from local educators. The workshop includes a $100 stipend, lunch, and course materials.

Register on their website.

The Morgan Project is a non-profit organization founded in Birmingham, Alabama. We seek to address the unique and long-standing history of racism in America, Birmingham, and across Alabama.

What a great partnership with Hands On Birmingham, Central Alabama Labor Council and AFT!!! We delivered 8 bicycles toda...
06/09/2021

What a great partnership with Hands On Birmingham, Central Alabama Labor Council and AFT!!! We delivered 8 bicycles today to Susan Moore Elementary School and Blountsville Elementary School, along with 8 bike helmets, to be used for attendance incentives for the Dreamcatcher and Explorer summer programs. Thanks to Mitchie Neel and the Blount County Foundation for this wonderful opportunity to give back to our schools and the community!

What a great partnership with Hands On Birmingham, Central Alabama Labor Council and AFT!!! We delivered 8 bicycles today to Susan Moore Elementary School and Blountsville Elementary School, along with 8 bike helmets, to be used for attendance incentives for the Dreamcatcher and Explorer summer programs. Thanks to Mitchie Neel and the Blount County Foundation for this wonderful opportunity to give back to our schools and the community!

06/08/2021

Here's What's Happening!

*The appointment of Michael Bissell as Assistant Principal at Irondale Community School. He is currently an Instructional Coach at Tuscaloosa Magnet School.
*The appointment of Dana Singletary as Assistant Principal at Warrior Elementary. She currently serves as Reading Coach at Warrior Elementary.
*The appointment of Chad Kennedy to Assistant Principal at Bryan Elementary. He is currently a teacher at Bryan.
*The appointment of Dr. Sharonica Nelson as Assistant Principal at U.W. Clemon Elementary. She is currently an Instructional Coach at Minor High School.
*The appointment of Sherri Shuttleworth as Assistant Principal at Clay High School. She currently serves in the Transportation Department at Tuscaloosa City Schools.
*The appointment of Hope Elliot as Assistant Principal at Mortimer Jordan High School. She is currently an Instructional Tech Coach in Lowndes County Schools in Mississippi.
*The appointment of Zambia Harris as Assistant Principal at Pleasant Grove High School. She is currently tge Assistant Principal at Gardendale High.
*The appointment of Casey Foster as Director of Operations for Transportation. He currently serves as Director of Transportation for Birmingham City Schools.

05/27/2021

At the Jefferson County Board meeting just now....
Bertram Stewart will transfer from principal at Hillview Elementary to principal at Irondale Community.
Ann King will transfer from Irondale Community as principal to Pinson Elementary as principal.
Jessica Hahn will transfer from principal at Crumley Chapel to principal at U. W. Clemson School.
Coy McIntosh, assistant principal at Bryan Elementary will transfer to Pinson Valley High School as Assistant Principal.
Tara Foster was appointed as principal at Hueytown Primary.

AFT EVERYDAY HERO  is Bernice Moran.  Bernice has been teaching in Jefferson county for many many years! She is currentl...
05/27/2021

AFT EVERYDAY HERO is Bernice Moran.
Bernice has been teaching in Jefferson county for many many years! She is currently at Hueytown Primary. She moved to Hueytown primary from Hueytown Elementary when it became the intermediate school. Bernice has faced many challenges this past year other than covid. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She continued to teach and be a positive role model to many through all of this. Bernice is one of the sweetest,most positive people I know. She truly cares and loves her family,friends and students deeply. She loves her career also. She embraces every situation and makes the best of it. She has moved grade levels several times when needed just to help out and never a complaint. Bernice also is a great spokes person for aft. She has been a member of aft just as long as she had been teaching. We are so thankful for heroes like BERNICE MORAN! Please also keep her in your prayers.

AFT EVERYDAY HERO is Bernice Moran.
Bernice has been teaching in Jefferson county for many many years! She is currently at Hueytown Primary. She moved to Hueytown primary from Hueytown Elementary when it became the intermediate school. Bernice has faced many challenges this past year other than covid. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She continued to teach and be a positive role model to many through all of this. Bernice is one of the sweetest,most positive people I know. She truly cares and loves her family,friends and students deeply. She loves her career also. She embraces every situation and makes the best of it. She has moved grade levels several times when needed just to help out and never a complaint. Bernice also is a great spokes person for aft. She has been a member of aft just as long as she had been teaching. We are so thankful for heroes like BERNICE MORAN! Please also keep her in your prayers.

Tara Hughes is going out in style! She won a limo ride in a pre-covid drawing at our AFT Building Rep Retreat! She chose...
05/25/2021

Tara Hughes is going out in style! She won a limo ride in a pre-covid drawing at our AFT Building Rep Retreat! She chose some of her students from Locust Fork Elementary to join her in this fun, fun evening!
Thanks to Sheryl Spivey and Curtis Spivey for making this possible!
Congratulations to all!!!!!!

Tara Hughes is going out in style! She won a limo ride in a pre-covid drawing at our AFT Building Rep Retreat! She chose some of her students from Locust Fork Elementary to join her in this fun, fun evening!
Thanks to Sheryl Spivey and Curtis Spivey for making this possible!
Congratulations to all!!!!!!

Meet Lara Morris, this week’s AFT EVERYDAY HERO! She is second from left in this picture with some of her favorite Pell ...
05/20/2021

Meet Lara Morris, this week’s AFT EVERYDAY HERO!

She is second from left in this picture with some of her favorite Pell City High School seniors!
It says so much when students you taught in 9th and 10th grade insist that you come to their prom 2 or 3 years after you’ve taught them!

Lara has taught at Pell City High School for 4 years, after teaching in Jefferson County for three. She earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Tennessee Chattanooga and her Master’s in English and Secondary Education at UAB. She was selected as an ABC 33/40 Teacher of the Month last year before the pandemic! She has three children of her own who excel in their educations as well.

This year she taught a large group face to face and virtually in what was quite a challenging year for everyone in education!

Lara loves her students and tries to create or rekindle a love of reading in each one!

We are so proud that she is a member of AFT! Thank you, Lara, for everything you do!

Meet Lara Morris, this week’s AFT EVERYDAY HERO!

She is second from left in this picture with some of her favorite Pell City High School seniors!
It says so much when students you taught in 9th and 10th grade insist that you come to their prom 2 or 3 years after you’ve taught them!

Lara has taught at Pell City High School for 4 years, after teaching in Jefferson County for three. She earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Tennessee Chattanooga and her Master’s in English and Secondary Education at UAB. She was selected as an ABC 33/40 Teacher of the Month last year before the pandemic! She has three children of her own who excel in their educations as well.

This year she taught a large group face to face and virtually in what was quite a challenging year for everyone in education!

Lara loves her students and tries to create or rekindle a love of reading in each one!

We are so proud that she is a member of AFT! Thank you, Lara, for everything you do!

AFT along with first books was able to provide some teachers at schools across several districts at least two books per ...
05/19/2021

AFT along with first books was able to provide some teachers at schools across several districts at least two books per student. These books were sent home with the students to encourage reading and hopefully encourage them to start their own home library.

Andrea Seright you are fabulous!  Glad to have you as an aft member!
05/18/2021

Andrea Seright you are fabulous! Glad to have you as an aft member!

Andrea Seright you are fabulous! Glad to have you as an aft member!

⭐AFT EVERYDAY HEROES ⭐Meet Donna McCombs, this week's hero! Donna is a certified teacher at the Burkett Center in the Je...
05/13/2021

⭐AFT EVERYDAY HEROES ⭐
Meet Donna McCombs, this week's hero! Donna is a certified teacher at the Burkett Center in the Jefferson County School District. She began her teaching career in Jefferson County, then moved to Mississippi and taught in the Rankin County School District for 20 years. She then taught for 13 years at Charter Hospital in Jackson Mississippi, and 8 months in Midsouth Hospital in Tennessee. She then moved back to Alabama and continued her teaching career in Jefferson County. As you can see....she has taught 39 years altogether!
Wow! The experience she brings to the plate. Donna has always had an affinity for teaching students with special needs...and as you know....it takes a special person to meet student's needs everyday and love it.
Donna's coworkers talk about her patience with her students and her genuine desire to meet each student "where they are" to help them succeed.
You rarely see Donna without a smile on her face and a funny story to tell. I can truly say this from experience. Donna and I grew up together...kindergarten through high school and 2 years of college together!!! I was so thrilled when I received the call she was moving back to Alabama. I contacted Susan Wirt....and here we are....4 years later.
Donna is an angel to so many of her students and to her coworkers as well. And the best part? She is AFT!!
We represent "the best" !!!!!

⭐AFT EVERYDAY HEROES ⭐
Meet Donna McCombs, this week's hero! Donna is a certified teacher at the Burkett Center in the Jefferson County School District. She began her teaching career in Jefferson County, then moved to Mississippi and taught in the Rankin County School District for 20 years. She then taught for 13 years at Charter Hospital in Jackson Mississippi, and 8 months in Midsouth Hospital in Tennessee. She then moved back to Alabama and continued her teaching career in Jefferson County. As you can see....she has taught 39 years altogether!
Wow! The experience she brings to the plate. Donna has always had an affinity for teaching students with special needs...and as you know....it takes a special person to meet student's needs everyday and love it.
Donna's coworkers talk about her patience with her students and her genuine desire to meet each student "where they are" to help them succeed.
You rarely see Donna without a smile on her face and a funny story to tell. I can truly say this from experience. Donna and I grew up together...kindergarten through high school and 2 years of college together!!! I was so thrilled when I received the call she was moving back to Alabama. I contacted Susan Wirt....and here we are....4 years later.
Donna is an angel to so many of her students and to her coworkers as well. And the best part? She is AFT!!
We represent "the best" !!!!!

05/13/2021

Listen up AFT members!!!!!!
This is the part of the school year that brings a lot of stress for many reasons. One of those reasons is non-renewals are in the process of being delivered to employees. It is a very scary time for those that are on the receiving end.
We want you to remain positive and remember to contact us. Our office represents 11 school districts and we have been very successful securing jobs in other districts for employees that have been non-renewed.
If you find yourself in this position....hold your head up, be proactive and contact us for help!!!!!!
AFT is on your side!

There is over $20,000 in scholarship money available for an undergraduate degree! And $5,000 for an apprentice program o...
05/06/2021
Central Alabama American Federation of Teachers

There is over $20,000 in scholarship money available for an undergraduate degree! And $5,000 for an apprentice program or 2 year trade degree. Applications are on our website

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Happy teacher's appreciation week!!!!!!!
05/04/2021

Happy teacher's appreciation week!!!!!!!

☆AFT EVERYDAY HERO ☆Meet Leigh Howard....this week's Everyday Hero! Leigh works in the lunchroom at Locust Fork School i...
05/04/2021

☆AFT EVERYDAY HERO ☆
Meet Leigh Howard....this week's Everyday Hero! Leigh works in the lunchroom at Locust Fork School in Blount County. This lunchroom serves lunches to students k-12.
We talk about our members and describe so many of them as hard workers....and this week is no exception! Leigh is described as a dependable, compassionate, hard working employee by those who work with her. She is always ready to lend a hand to those in need and would literally give you the "shirt off her back!"
I was at her school yesterday as she stood out in the rain loading food into parent's cars. She had a big smile on her face as if the sun was shining. Not even a miserable rainy day can dull her personality. Isn't she the kind of employee all school districts would love to have? The AFT staff and leaders are so honored to have Leigh Howard as a member. Thank you for all you do!
🌟Follow Leigh's example and join AFT as soon as you can. Join an organization that appreciates you!

☆AFT EVERYDAY HERO ☆
Meet Leigh Howard....this week's Everyday Hero! Leigh works in the lunchroom at Locust Fork School in Blount County. This lunchroom serves lunches to students k-12.
We talk about our members and describe so many of them as hard workers....and this week is no exception! Leigh is described as a dependable, compassionate, hard working employee by those who work with her. She is always ready to lend a hand to those in need and would literally give you the "shirt off her back!"
I was at her school yesterday as she stood out in the rain loading food into parent's cars. She had a big smile on her face as if the sun was shining. Not even a miserable rainy day can dull her personality. Isn't she the kind of employee all school districts would love to have? The AFT staff and leaders are so honored to have Leigh Howard as a member. Thank you for all you do!
🌟Follow Leigh's example and join AFT as soon as you can. Join an organization that appreciates you!

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Please vote to extend the waiver for free meals to all students ages 5-18.
Hello! My name is Maria Belman, and I’m a supporter of the EON/BAMN caucus running for AFT elections. We need your support! We are just a handful of signatures away on the nominating petition from securing our delegates’ right to run for election! They are the only delegates running for election who are UNEQUIVOCAL in their opposition to schools reopening everywhere! We need to ensure we have a national policy against this pandemic! The AFT has the power to do that! The reason other nations have been successful in controlling the spread of the virus is because they had a coherent national policy to combat the coronavirus. Our union needs to lead the way in fighting the pandemic and ensuring our communities’ safety. Please sign our nominating petition to ensure our right to run. We need 50 signatures of AFT convention delegates to appear on the ballot by Wednesday 7/29 at 2pm PST/5pm EST. Nominating petition portal: https://aft.knack.com/nominations#home/THANK Rank and file teachers, support staff, professors, public workers, nurses, and healthcare workers in the AFT: please share on your Social Media! THANK YOU To the Delegates from the following locals who have already signed the petition: Detroit Federation of Teachers Los Rios College Federation of Teachers Berkeley Federation of Teachers Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Public Employees Federation United Teachers of Los Angeles New Haven Federation of Teachers Boston Teachers Union Public Employees Federation Baltimore Teachers Union Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association United University Professionals Coalition of Graduate Employees Chicago Teachers Union West Valley-Mission Federation of Teachers Graduate Employees Union of Portland State University University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Hillsboro Classified United Salem Teachers Union *Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or would like more information.
I have a question regarding Covid and sick days. If I contract Covid and have to be quarantined for 14 days I don't have a problem using my sick days. But if one of my students contract covid and I'm having to quarantine 14 days as a precaution then why do I have to use my sick days. I'm lucky in that I have 100+ sick days but I'm wanting to use them for retirement.
St. Clair County is having another planning meeting tomorrow regarding the opening of school. An AFT teacher representative will be in attendance!
Just wanted to share. Great summer program! I've worked for them the past 6 summers.
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic Excerpt from my book, What We Blacks Need To Do. Do you love your children enough to help them study this summer for their next grade level? As a retired master teacher, I suggest the following: 1. Have your children look up the following words, tell what they mean in their own words and write a paragraph telling how it will affect them and their family. (A)-Disclaimer (B)- Gentrification (C)- Gerrymandering (D)- Tracking-in-school (E) Entrepreneur (F)- Unalienable Rights. 2. You can get math worksheets for any grade FREE on the internet. They have an “answer key” at the bottom of the page (smile). Have your child practice math for 45 minutes per day. 3. Have your child pick three books from the suggested reading list from their school and spend 45 minutes per day reading. 4. Science will help them become a complete student. Watch the Science Channel together. 5. The one item you will have to spend any money on is your local Black newspaper. It is my number one source for truthful information. A one-year subscription costs between $25 to $40. There are other helpful resources in your community. The education department at most churches and some outreach centers have active, retired teachers and other qualified volunteers who can help your children, check their work and guide them in the right direction. Have a safe, enjoyable and progressive summer with your adoring family!!! (If you agree-please make copies and share) James J. Hankins-Wilmington, NC
I would like to know where we stand on the 100$ spousal fee issue? Last I heard it was ruled as not allowed. Just wondering.