High Desert UniServ
High Desert UniServ covers 10 locals consisting of Emery, Grand, Juab, Millard, No. Sanpete, San Juan, Sevier, So. Sanpete, Tintic, and Wayne Counties. The UniServ is a rural, huge area, not heavily populated, and is the largest georgraphical unit in the state.
- Currently teaching at North Sevier High School in Sevier School District: World Geography, World Civilization, US History, and American Government
- Concurrent Enrollment History 2700, History 2710, Poli Sci 1100, CTE Economics and Business Law
- 10 years at Cedar Ridge Alternative High School
- 12 years at North Sevier High School
- Association Experience:
- Member of the High Desert UniServ Board
- Building Representative for eight years
- Vice President of SEA (twice) four years
- President of SEA three years
What I learned about UEA that surprised me:
It was not until I became the vice president and attended my first [Council of Local Presidents] that I realized how extensive UEA was and how many people were involved. Until that time, I had no idea of what the organization entailed.
What I value most about the Association:
I value the people I have met as the most important part of the Association. As a teacher, I often felt alone in my classroom battling for what I thought was best for the students. When I got involved in the leadership and started meeting others that were passionate about teaching, I found I was not alone.
How members might begin to be more active in the Association:
Members need to be invited to [Educator] Day on the Hill, brought to the meetings, given a chance to see that the UEA is more than just somebody else in their building that they can complain to about bad pay.