Today, April 14, 2015, I spoke in front of the Sub-committees 1 and 2 at the California State Capitol.
It was an amazing experience.
I was speaking on behalf of California teachers, Family child care providers, and exempt Providers in regards to fair pay, fair wages, and fair employment.
I said something along the lines of:
I support all of the recommendations heard today because...
I am a highly qualified teacher, I have a Master of Education and my teaching credentials, and I choose the Early childhood field. It is my passion!
I know this is where the most benefit to our communities are, but most importantly to our families and our children.
It has taken me over 13 years to rise above the poverty level, because I chose to be an early childhood educator. I am no longer a teacher, I am an administrator, and that is why I am no longer in poverty.
I know hundred's of teachers who are dedicated and live within their limited means because they know this profession is the right profession to be in. It is the best investment of their time.
I am worried that next year, when Costco comes to Ukiah California we will loose many of our staff. They will find better pay and better benefits than they will in the field of education.
This is a smart investment for California, and it is the right thing to do.
Thank you for the hearing and listening to me.