Below are the pictures and bio's for the three candidates who have filed to run for BSCTA 2nd Vice President. The election will be held on September 25.
CANDIDATE: JEAN DELUCCA
Hello, everyone. My name is Jean Delucca and I am a former Bay Shore alumna! I have been teaching for the last 25 years, and 20 have been in Bay Shore. I started my education career as an NYC teacher. For the last 5 years, I have been a teacher in the Dual Language program. I have also had the privilege of being one of the Primary Literacy Coordinators/Teacher Coaches at Brook Avenue School for the last 11 years. I have worked as a new teacher mentor and provided workshops for new teachers. I have been an active BSCTA member and formerly represented the rank and file of Brook Avenue as a BSCTA building representative for six years.
CANDIDATE: CHIP GIULIANO
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Chip Giuliano. Let me provide you with some background information and some reasons why I have decided to pursue the opportunity to be elected as the 2nd Vice President for the Union. I was born and raised here in Bay Shore. I graduated Bay Shore in 1983. I attended St. Joseph’s College and did my student teaching in Bay Shore. When I graduated in 1987, I worked as a per diem sub for one year, primarily in Bay Shore. In 1988, I was hired as a fifth grade teacher (replacement substitute). That year, my first year, we did not have a contract. I did not know what that meant. Under the guidance of the union reps, I came to realize what that entailed: no bulletin boards, working to hours, picketing before/after school, picketing board meetings, and board member houses. It was explained to me that I was not expected to participate being that I was not a tenured union member and could be released in June when my contract was up. I decided to “stand” with my fellow union members because I knew it was the right thing to do. I have never regretted that decision.
The following year (1989) I was transferred to the middle school, where I have been teaching ever since. For fifteen years I taught sixth grade and currently this is my fourteenth year teaching seventh grade social studies. Within this timeframe I have seen many challenges as a teacher and a union member. I was there in 1992 when my fellow union members and I went on strike for a day. Knowing that that the union had exhausted all other options, I walked with my fellow union members, fully aware of any risks and consequences. Once again, I have never regretted that decision. Since that time I have proudly served as union rep in the middle school for over fifteen years. I have been involved in many meetings with administration in order to protect the rights of my fellow union members.
As 2nd Vice President, I would be able to enhance my ability to do what I do best. It will allow me to help, protect and be a voice for my fellow colleagues across the district. Thanks to the efforts of our negotiating team, we have a great contract, but we still need to be vigilant and strong. I believe that I can be an integral part of this executive team and help them to foster a climate of solidarity.
Thank you for your consideration.
CANDIDATE: CHRISTINA MENDOLIA
My name is Christina Mendolia, and I have been teaching in Bay Shore for the past 16 years. I spent eleven years at the MS with some amazing colleagues before moving to the HS five years ago. In that time I've served as teacher rep, and most recently, after heading a successful campaign to avoid a charter school in our area, I became the Political Action Chair for the BSCTA. I have dedicated countless hours in the past few years to the union. Working closely alongside Mike Krieger and four other unit members, I was part of the group that negotiated the most recent contract. We worked closely to ensure the best possible contract for the BSCTA through numerous meetings and months of research. In addition to contract meetings, I have attended and presented at union meetings as well as at BOE meetings and have sat on multiple committees. I've been the Bay Shore representative at many ED21 meetings, meeting with other representatives from other locals and working towards a common goal of protecting public education. I have traveled to NYSUT meetings and have recently attended Constitutional Convention meetings throughout Long Island. As the Political Action Chair, I have organized phone banks, protests, and rallies in defense of public education. I have been involved in local, regional, and national efforts to protect public education.
Most importantly, I pride myself on my confidentiality. I value the privacy of each and every unit member and I think that first and foremost, each member should know that every conversation I am privy to will remain private and confidential.
On a personal note, I am a K-12 alumnus of the Bay Shore schools and know just how valuable a Bay Shore education is. I have a son and a daughter who both attend Bay Shore Schools, the same elementary schools as I did, Brook Avenue and South Country. My son is currently in sixth grade and my daughter is in third. I have seen first hand the time and energy their teachers have put in to really knowing and understanding my children. From a parent's point of view, I see how influential and valuable their elementary teachers have been in their development and success. I have great respect for all my colleagues and look forward to my children having many more of my colleagues in the MS and HS.
I have a vested interest in the success of the BSCTA and the Bay Shore Schools. As an alumna, parent, and educator, I have seen this district through many different lenses. One of my main goals is to work closely with Mike Krieger and the Executive Board to continue to foster a positive working environment between the BSCTA and the district. While we can and should be excited about our new contract, we must not forget to look forward and to prepare for four years from now. Fostering a positive working environment between the BSCTA and the district is vital for the success of our union. I look forward to working with all of you and listening to your ideas for the BSCTA and our future.