Only today did I become aware that public school teachers in Hillsborough County are voting for the next president of their Teachers Union. While I would generally give little thought to a Union election, this one I cannot ignore because it bears heavy influence on who will be leading thousands of public school teachers in Hillsborough County and the moral and political agenda they will pursue in our county.
Because the Teachers Union bears heavy influence on curriculum choices for our public schools in Hillsborough County, every parent, teacher, and taxpayer should be concerned with who the teachers choose as their president. Why? Because the president of the Hillsborough County Teachers Association will bring his\her own political agenda and moral standard not only to education, but also to the lives of Hillsborough County public school students and employees.
As a Public School teacher, you face the evidences of a decaying culture and the consequences of moral corruption every day. With the exception of Law Enforcement, I believe you have the most difficult job of any I might imagine.
Sadly, a breakdown of discipline in the home has introduced the same in our schools. Every day you face students, many of whom have no concept of discipline in their studies, nevertheless, you seek to inspire them. You engage with parents who are disengaged from their children’s education and exhausted from holding down jobs while struggling to pay bills.
I am aware there are times the administration is less than supportive and the School Board falls short in fulfilling promises and expectations. I understand the activities of a Union can be a powerful force and you seek leadership that will strive to put forward your interests and that of your schools and students.
I urge you…please do not divorce the moral component of your decision as you cast your vote for the next president of your union. The president of the Hillsborough County Teachers Association will set the tone and political agenda for your Union.
It is not my role or purpose to endorse anyone, but to caution you to choose a leader who reflects not only your career aspirations, but also the moral character that will command the respect of students, parents and peers.
Travis D. Smith
P.S. With his permission, I am copying below my blog an email from Mr. Terry Kemple of the Community Issues Council concerning Ms. Valerie Chuchman, candidate for president of the Hillsborough County Teacher’s Association.
From: Terry Kemple <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: This Woman Is Running For Teachers’ Union President !?!?!
Date: February 13, 2018 at 8:44:25 AM EST
February 13, 2018
Community Issues Council – This teacher is mocking religion in her classroom. And she wants to be President of the Hillsborough County Teachers’ Union.
This is Valerie Chuchman, one of two candidates for President of the Hillsborough County Teachers Union! She is a high school teacher and wore this outfit to school one day. Although it’s not distinct in this picture, the necklace she has on is a “crucifix” made out of little human skulls.
The Facebook comment box is back and forth between her and other teachers commenting on how “creepy” the outfit is and how that’s the impression Chuchman wants to create.
It’s bad enough that she chooses to ridicule religion by wearing an outfit that mocks Catholic Nuns when the only ones she influences are the students at the school where she teaches. Imagine what it will be like if she wins the election and is able, through her leadership of teachers as Union President, to influence teachers at every school in the District.
The hostility toward God and His people in our schools is already oppressive enough toward students, teachers, and staff who are believers. Having this woman in this key leadership position would only heighten the persecution against expressions of faith and those who believe in God!
I looked at her campaign literature and it doesn’t mention that she’s “married” to another female teacher at Riverview High School. You may remember her spouse’s name, Lorajane Reidas.
Reidas is the RHS teacher who forced students in her class to remove their cross necklaces (I guess it would have been alright if the students had worn crosses made of skulls)! She also has coercive homosexual material all around her classroom.
If you’re a teacher, please take all of this into account when you cast your vote for CTA President. If you know other teachers, please share this information with them so their votes are fully informed.
Together we can make a difference!
God bless you!
Community Issues Council
2312 Cherry Ridge Lane
Brandon, FL 33511