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Here's Working Educators Candidate for Vice President of High Schools, Ismael Jimenez:
"There is a necessity for our union to the the strong force that it should be. With the numbers that we represent as the largest public union in Philadelphia, and the second largest in the state, there's no reason our power isn't being utilized. And that inspires me, because there's no better time than now."
ISMAEL JIMENEZ has worked with students ranging from preschool to high school in Philadelphia for 10 years. Ismael worked as a Secondary Social Studies teacher at Germantown High School until it was closed. Currently, he teaches African-American History at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School. He has been an active member of the building committee. Ismael has also facilitated several professional developments at the school district on issues ranging from structural racism to bridging the knowledge gap of students that manifests between high schools and postsecondary institutions.
Ismael in the news:
Labor Notes: Philly Teachers Go For It
The Notebook: Thorny Issues Explored at Summer Institute for Teachers
Urban Journal of Education: Reading for Change: Social Justice Unionism Book Groups as Organizing Tools
Raging Chicken Press: Is Social Justice Unionism Going to Save Public Education in Philadelphia?
WE Convention Closing Remarks, 11/14/15: We are about to embark on a journey...
Philadelphia Tribune: Contested Races Next Year for Teachers' Union Offices
The Notebook: Teacher Advocacy Group Challenges PFT Leadership
Check out our In The Press page for many more stories about Ismael and Working Educators!