SEA side with Chery 12-10-15

Happy Thursday!

Getting close – I hope all is going well and that we will all be able to leave in only about a week’s time with all our plans completed and be able to relax over winter break. You are wonderful and deserve the time to relax.

v  Don’t forget Monday’s election for our IEA-RA reps – these members will represent us at the Illinois Education Association’s Representation Assembly and vote on issues on your behalf.

v  We could still use a few ballot counters on Monday at the DO at 3:30 – the more members we have counting the less time it takes. Please consider helping. If you still don’t know whether you will have the time today, just show up and head upstairs to the room behind the Board Room to help. Thanks J

As always, if you have concerns, questions or even suggestions for me, please contact me. If there is something going on in your building that you would like me to see or just spread the word, please let me know. Let’s highlight the great things you all do every day – the joys of being an educator!!


Have a fabulous Thursday and Friday and then a great weekend!



PS – Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day. We definitely need to laugh more!!

SEA side with Chery

Wow – hard to believe we are in December and beginning our second MAP test session. Best of Luck to you all and to your students. I also hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and found time to relax and regenerate.

*If you are interested in purchasing a tree for the holidays, please take a look at the attached flyer from the Foundation. What a great way to support the district.

*Remember to update your CPDUs often so you can stay current.

*Check AESOP occasionally to make sure you have a full 5 subs chosen – sometimes they get hired or decide not to sub anymore.

*We need ballot counters at the DO on Monday December 14th beginning at 3:45. If you are interested reply to this email or contact Mark Fletcher or Kara Zielinski. You can add in to common ground in Domain 4! More hands make work light…and fast J

*If an issue arises between you and fellow staff member, please try and settle it without your administration. Care to Confront! Have your building reps help. The last thing anyone wants is to be called into the principal’s office to settle a dispute. Make the effort – you need to be able to work together on every issue even if it means agreeing to disagree.

*Have a wonderful Thursday and Friday!!


S-E-A side with Chery Nov. 22, 2015

Good Morning All –

Just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a wonderful  Thanksgiving this week and hope that you enjoy our mini-break.

As you go through the next 2 days, please take the time to thank your colleagues for everything they have done for you. We are all in this as a team working towards the same goal and we need to treat each other with respect as we go forward together!! Everyone has ideas, strategies and techniques to bring to the table, honor each of them with an open mind and thoughtful consideration. Care to confront when issues do arise and settle them as professionals together.

I am so thankful for each of you – I am honored to serve you in any way that I can and am grateful when you make suggestions for me and the organization. Your suggestions only move us forward as a stronger union.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.



Chery Anderson

School District 54

SEA President

Schaumburg Illinois


SEAside Nov. 12, 2015

Hello! I would like to extend a thank you to all of our military veterans, their families and friends. I am so grateful for your sacrifice and courage you exhibit each and every day. Words are never enough. I was out and about yesterday and was lucky enough to see several wonderful presentations and assemblies honoring our military heroes. It was awe inspiring – you should all be very proud of the work you put forth. BRAVO!!
·         Tomorrow is the end of the 1st trimester so I also wanted to thank you for all the hard work you have done to help your students grow and work towards the goal of being college and career ready. Take a few moments in the next few weeks and reflect on how far they have come and just how far you will be able to take them. With your expertise and creativity, I know each and every child will reach the goals they have set and you have set for them. Share your success with each other and celebrate even the smallest of steps J YOU ARE ALL INCREDIBLE and I am grateful for each of you every day.
·         SEA wants to hear from YOU!  In the coming months, your building rep. will be contacting you to schedule a short (5-15 minute) One on One conversation.  This short meeting is to gather data from our members to help make SEA a member driven organization.  We want to know what is important to you and how we can support you in the future!  The collected information will help us develop a plan for the coming year and ensure we are representing the voice of our members at the district level.
Your rep. will be asking each member the following questions:
1.      What are your top 2-3 interests, issues, or concerns?
2.      What is your biggest challenge of working in the district? (Or, what is the hardest part of your job?)
3.      What role does the union play in your life? What changes would you make in order for the union to best meet your needs?
If you are uncomfortable providing this information with your name attached, you may provide your opinions anonymouslyOur goal is to hear from 100% of our membership and find out what matters most to SEA.  We thank you in advance for finding the time to meet with your rep. and look forward to hearing your input!
·         The PERA committee (which consists of equal members of SEA members and Administrators) has been meeting to finalize our plan for Student Growth in our appraisal system. When the plan is complete we will have staff development/training on what the expectations will be for every member. It’s looking good  J
·         Concerns and questions can be directed to me in any of the below ways – never hesitate to contact me. If I can’t answer your question, I will find someone who can. I usually try and let you know that I have received your question/concern ad give you some kind of timeline, if possible, on when to expect and answer.
o   school phone 6005
o   School email
Congratulations on a great 1st trimester!!

Anderson’s Announcements

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Happy Thursday – I hope all is going well.  Enjoy

  • If you are having an issue at your building, difficult conversations may have to be had. We need to all try to work these out with together first because we work with each other every day. If you have an incident or an uncomfortable mishap; please follow the procedure below:
    • Talk to the person involved and try to work out your differences,
    • Talk to your building rep and see if they can help (if necessary your building rep will contact me) If the issue is with your rep, contact me,
    • Talk to the principal and see if they can help – if you want your rep with, please ask them to help you – if they cannot, contact me and I can come in and help.
  • After speaking with Pete Hannigan in HR, he will ask the principal to resume filling out the CPDU forms for every building meeting including full days and half days – if you never received one for last Wednesday or the first 2 days in August, you should very soon. Questions? Contact me.
  • Ever wondered what the deduction “THIS” is on your paycheck? I did, so I called payroll and they told me that it is a state required health insurance tied to TRS and stands for “Teacher Health Insurance Security.” We pay 1.07% and the district pays .80%. Check out the TRS website for more info.
  • Our approved 403b provider can provide you with information on a 403b and a new debt forgiveness program for some staff – see your building rep for info. They have the contact info for the company and the individual who can help you.
  • Are you planning a special event in your classroom or doing a great new lesson? Think about inviting your SEA president to come over and watch you and your students in action. I would LOVE to see what you are doing, working on, accomplished, etc. Let me know where and when to be there and I will do everything I can to make it. I have meetings scheduled after school most days but some of my time during the day is open to come and see you and your students!!
  • As always, check out our webpage, to see updates on what’s happening in and around our school district.

Thanks – enjoy the day and look forward to a beautiful weekend!!



PS – Did you know that in Athens, Georgia, it is still illegal to read a book to your friends after 2:45 am?  Who knew?

December Election Results

December 2013 SEA Election Results

Thank you to our wonderful ballot counters: Judy Stewart, Chery Anderson, Bridget Smith, Yolanda Kocemba, Kris Beaudette, and Kathy Petersdorf

2014 IEA Representative Assembly Delegates:

  • Connie S. Ernst (629 votes)
  • Kris Beaudette (629 votes)
  • Phyllis Ardagh (627 votes)
  • Mark Fletcher (642 votes)
  • Chery Anderson (636 votes)
  • Lori Mobley (636 votes)
  • Sandra Bostrom (646 votes)
  • Cynthia Dressler (636 votes)
  • Michelle E. Burke (636 votes)
  • Paul Beranek (661 votes)
  • Bernadette Marcis (641 votes)

Region 35 Ethnic Minority Delegate to the 2013 IEA Representative Assembly:

  • Mary Gonzalez (SEEO) – Write-In (10 votes)

Region 35 Council Representative

  • Sandra Bostrom (535 votes)

Region 35 – Interim Vice Chair

  • Kara Zielinski (681 votes)

Pension Preservation

Pension Preservation – Contact your Legislator

  • Go to

  • or call 888-412-6570

  • click on “elected officials”

  • say or type the following

  • “ I am calling/writing to you as a member of the Illinois Education Association, a resident of your district and as a voter. I’m urging you to vote against any pension bill that has not been negotiated with the labor unions. I also urge you to oppose any bill that does not include guaranteed funding”