Well…actually I have to give credit where credit is due. The title for this particular posting originates at the Breakfast Club site. Apparently, they know who I am just from knowing me through SDEA. Well, that and my comments on their FB site, and my public commentary about their interesting versions of what’s what. So I thought it only fair to tell you who I really am. Using their title is just my way of confusing the masses when searching.
I didn’t start out to become a teacher. No…my first love was banking and accounting. I began my career as a night-crew poster for San Diego Federal/Great American Federal/Great American Bank back in the 1980s. You know them…they had the blue roofs and the three-seagull logo. It was a really good job with lots of perks. Eventually, I became the manager of the accounts payable department…and then the big real estate bust of 1988-89 hit, and the bank was taken over by the government. As the people were being let go right and left, I received an interesting job offer from the owner of the comic-book store I shopped at.
He was looking for a full-time manager. Well, butter my biscuit! I reached out for that gold ring immediately, and began my new career as a retail business manager. During the ensuing 15 years, I met many interesting people, schmoozed with celebrities and comic-book icons, and worked my way into a staff position at the Comic-Con.
During that time, my children began appearing, and I started out as a room parent. For six-plus years, I cut, pasted, glued, taped, graded, and worked my way through 3rd grade several times. Many of the teachers told me I was a natural and that I should consider a career as a teacher. Thanks to the generosity of a relative, I was able to return to school to get my credentials, and my master’s degree. Although I continued to work part-time at the comic store (once it’s in your blood…), I immersed myself in the education field, where you find me today.
Why did I become a board member? Well…numerous times during my career I found myself challenged by less-than-proper administrative personnel…those who felt they could run roughshod over the new guy. Thanks to the help from members on our board and the wonderful SDEA staff, I prevailed at every turn. So, in 2011, when a seat opened up on the Area 3 board for a secondary representative, I felt it was time to give back to the people who had helped me. For the past year and a bit, I’ve done my part to help ALL members – not just the vocal minority or majority. Sure – some decisions by the board are not liked by all (see the recent agreement for evidence of that). And yet, I feel that I’ve done more good than harm.
And now, I find myself the focus of a recall attempt by a person who wonders why I didn’t contact her personally to get her opinion on that agreement. Apparently, she blames me personally for the passing of our new agreement – you know, the one that saved the jobs of 1,500 employees of our fine school system.
To her I can only say this: I had a few jobs on that agreement…but getting it to pass was NOT one of those jobs. For the record:
I worked with the budget scrub team to go over the district’s budget numbers, trying to find any money (none).
I worked with the board to discuss and analyze the agreement, which was presented to us by the bargaining team.
I voted to bring the agreement to the membership for a vote.
I voted yes.
So, Ms. Marble I ask you: where in this chain of events do you find fault with my actions? Over 3,000 of our members voted to pass this agreement, and over 1,400 voted to keep it from passing. I will assume from your decision to have me recalled that you were one of the 1,400.
You lament that I did not ask you what you wanted. Did it ever occur to you that I have an email address on file with SDEA, and that I am reachable by district email? Did it every occur to you to call me, email me, or snail-mail me to tell me your opinion? Communication is a two-way street – as I’m sure you tell your students every day.
I’ve already apologized to you for not contacting you personally. Now, how about returning the favor and stopping the recall effort against me. I’d really like to focus on getting education dollars back to San Diego, rather than run a recall campaign that will cost our union thousands of dollars.
What do you say?