Important Constituent VP Election Dates
April 12, 2017– Candidate bios will be posted on the ATF website, www.atfunion.org.
April 20, 2017 – Candidate Forum 4:30 – 6 pm
April 21, 2017 – Voting window opens
In person: April 21 – May 2,
9am-5pm, Mon-Fri at ATF Office
Online: April 21 – May 2 Voting closes at 5pm on May 2
A web link will be sent to member emails when the online voting window opens.
Only ATF members in good standing are eligible to vote. (Must have applied for membership before March 1, 2017.)
Meet your 2017 ATF Candidates (in ballot order):
Support and Related Services VP Candidates:
Angela is currently an Educational Diagnostician at the Northeast Diagnostic Center. Previously she was a special education teacher for 26 years at Truman Middle School. She has been an ATF Member and Fed Rep for all of her 27 years in the Albuquerque Public Schools. Angela has been elected to represent constituencies in school and district level Instructional Councils and as the ATF Constituent VP for Middle Schools from 2000-2011. She has been recognized for her dedication to education and labor by ATF as an Outstanding Recruiter (2002) and as Fed Rep of the Year (2016) and as a Rank and File Hero by the Central NM Labor Council (2002). Angela believes that it’s time that support and related service providers have a voice and a place at the table in both our district and our union, and that she has the skills to get this done.
Over twelve years ago, I joined the A.T.F. and the ranks of support and related services staff at A.P.S. The settings I have worked in range from Child Find Pre-Schools, Sandia and Highland High Schools, The Autism Center, to Transition Services. Because I have worked at sites where students have ranged in age from 3 to 22, and have been in the least to the most restrictive educational environments, I have a clear sense of the diversity of experiences, expectations, aspirations, and outcomes for students, as well as staff . I am acutely aware of the adversity and obstacles faced on many fronts by students and staff. As a school social worker, two integral parts of my professionalism are empathy and advocacy. If elected to represent you as the Executive Council Vice President for Support and Related Services, I would lean into those skills to meet with as many of my support and related service colleagues as frequently as possible. I would consult with you collectively and individually in constituency meetings, individual meetings, by phone, letters, and e-mail. I would take your questions, concerns, suggestions, and challenges to Executive Council and advocate for you and us-the Beloved Community of A.P.S.
Elementary School VP Candidates:
Stephen Carvlin Miller
I teach primary Special Education at Arroyo del Oso Elementary School. I serve on our school’s Instructional Council, and I am the Fed Rep at our school. I have been a union member since I began teaching.
Public education is going to be increasingly targeted in the coming years. We need to organize so we are ready to fight for what matters.
Our union’s primary focus should be building and supporting our members. Our collective power is our greatest strength. Many teachers don’t join the union because they don’t know what it does for them. We need to dispel those doubts by mobilizing action against pay cuts and deteriorating working conditions.
Likewise, our union needs to implement a sliding scale for dues and transparency around how our dues are used. Transparency is also needed in negotiations with the district. Negotiations should be open and involve all members. We can’t expect members to be involved if they don’t know what’s on the table. And again, our bargaining power is vastly greater when we are organized.
The fight ahead is going to be daunting but the union makes us strong!
I have been a first grade Dual Language teacher in APS for 17 years. My favorite part of being a teacher is seeing the children have that ‘a ha’ moment in their learning. I joined my union at new teacher orientation before I even stepped into the classroom. I have represented my school as Fed Rep for ten years.
As an active union member I have:
- Served as an instructor on the Great Practical Strategies cadre which provides professional development for teachers by teacher
- Volunteered to help elect a pro-education school board
- Served on the English Language Learners (ELL) cadre for AFT national union
- Worked as Legislative Liaison where I organized teacher to discuss educational issues with legislators
I am running for Elementary Vice President because I feel that uniting in activism is our duty as members of the public education system.
If elected I will:
- Listen to your stories and work to problem solve concerns at your school site
- Support and promote our unions budget goals under the current educational crisis
- Work to ensure that ATF is providing excellent professional development
- Create a committee to work on Dual Language/Bilingual issues
Sonya Romero Smith
- Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher, Lew Wallace Elementary School
- MA in Education, Doctoral student UNM-Language, Literacy, Sociocultural Studies
- 20 years experience as a Bilingual/Early childhood teacher in APS
- 19 years ATF member/7 years experience as fed rep
- Served 2 years as Executive Vice President for ATF
- TEACH Staff coordinator and instructor of Managing Behaviors in a School Community cadre: professional development for teachers by teachers
- Member of the ATF Negotiating Team
Middle School VP Candidates:
I’m Jason Krosinsky, a special education teacher at Wilson Middle School and a 24-year veteran with APS. I’ve had the honor of serving as your vice president for middle schools in ATF for the past three years.
I humbly ask for your support to continue to serve you in this position. I’v been a proud union member for the majority of my career, and have been a Fed Rep for almost 17 of those years. During that time, I have volunteered for political campaigns, attended pro-teacher rallies and demonstrations, and lobbied for more education funding and support from our legislators in Santa Fe.
As your union vice president, I have done, and will continue to do, the following:
- Serve on the contract negotiating team, representing the interests of middle school and special education staff in securing more rights and greater respect for what we do
- Address issues and concerns from the Fed Reps at your school, seeking solutions and providing advice on numerous topics such as PLC’s, PED evaluations, contract language, etc.
- Regularly conduct monthly Middle School Fed Rep Constituency meetings to share information, help build consensus, and advocate for the needs of ALL middle school teachers
- Work to bring all our voices to the table in our union, in APS, and in the Roundhouse.
I teach ELA and AVID at Hayes, am the AVID coordinator, and have served as grade level dean and in other leadership positions, including our instructional council. I’m a local organizer for anti-racist work and I believe this is a vital area where our union can lead the way in creating stronger schools and communities. We needn’t wait for the district to educate ourselves about combatting racism with our students or providing vibrant ethnic studies at all levels.
I will push our union to engage all members in actions, large and small, that build up our schools and our profession. I believe our union will grow in numbers and strength when we offer rank and file members a variety of ways to be involved and to make our voices heard.
As a union, our power ultimately lies in our ability to withhold our labor. Currently in New Mexico, a strike is an impossibility, but we need a union, and union leadership, willing to discuss other robust opportunities for asserting our power within the system. Rank and file teachers are the backbone of our district. We have a powerful voice and we need to be organized–and willing–to use it.
ATF High School VP Candidates:
I have been an active member of my union since I began teaching ten years ago. My goal as the ATF high school VP is to effectively communicate the diverse opinions of the high school educators across APS. I want to ensure my union makes the most informed decisions possible and that our actions are based on the opinions and needs of high school educators.
Two years ago, I was elected as the Constituent VP of HS. Since then, I have worked tirelessly to speak for and support my high school colleagues. I helped lead the charge against the district-imposed schedule that forced high school teachers to take on teaching an extra class. I have also spent time on the ATF negotiating team. Most notably, I wrote and successfully achieved language in our contract that protects teacher autonomy.
Ultimately, I love serving my profession by serving in my union. I believe that I will best represent my high school colleagues, not by voicing my own opinion, but by listening to yours. Vote for me so I can represent you.
I have been teaching social studies at Albuquerque High School for the last eight years, serve as department chair and am currently a fed rep. I have worked to restore the democratic process in the instructional council and helped to organize a study and action group at Albuquerque High. I recently participated in a successful letter writing campaign to demand that the Board of Education cover the budget shortfall for the 2016-2017 school year using cash reserves rather than by harming students and schools with furloughs and layoffs. Students in the female empowerment club that I sponsor, Strong Women Strong World, also organized a student letter that they presented to the board. I have participated in evaluation burning and various pickets and rallies supporting immigrant populations. I firmly believe that our union should promote democracy, social justice, equity and positive working and learning conditions through direct and collective action. I will work for a fighting union that engages in any necessary battles to preserve our rights as educators.