Please take a moment to check out my friend Larry Proffitt’s Facebook page:
Larry is running for TEA president and he has my personal endorsement. I support Larry Proffitt because he is honest. His run for TEA president is not for personal gain, or to pad a resume, but because he is a dedicated teacher that cares about the students, teachers, and schools in TN. Larry has integrity. He isn’t afraid to stand up to members of TEA who have sold out or who speak out of both sides of their mouths. As a member of the TEA, in my opinion, he is the best candidate for this position.
For the past several months, Larry has tirelessly traveled across the state of TN networking with members and nonmembers alike. He has allied himself with public education supporters like NPE’s Diane Ravitch, Momma Bears of TN, and Tennesseans Reclaiming Education Excellence (TREE). He has lobbied at the state legislature and kept his district up to date on the actions on the Hill. He has acted as an advocate and personal mentor to many teachers, myself included, who are learning the dynamics of TN state politics and the role TEA plays in education politics. He is always there when I need him, and he is willing to work with anyone, regardless of membership, party affiliation, or location.
I consider Larry’s ability to network a strength, and if teachers and parents are going to reclaim our public schools, we MUST come together – Union and Non-Union alike- and Larry Proffitt is in the perfect position, with the connections across the state and nation, to help TEA become a stronger teachers association.
Unfortunately, because Larry is willing to reach out to other groups and individuals, some in the TEA feel that he is too public in his campaign run. They feel that since he has not been TEA VP- he should not be allowed to be president. This is not a law in TEA. It is a tradition that has been followed – but it is not a statute that must be followed. The fact that Larry “goes against the grain” according to some members of the TEA is EXACTLY why I support him.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my friend Larry Proffitt. He is truly a BadAss Teacher who will do his best for the teachers, students, and public schools in TN. He is Union Strong and can’t be Bought or Sold. That is what being a BadAss Teacher is all about- not being “hard and tough” but being honest, vocal, and professional.
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