better Nate than Lever

hey everyone – it was brought to my attention that the old contract was still linked to this site – it is now fixed –

go to current contract page – you will need to be logged into your Nordonia account to view  –

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for anyone still having issues getting the recent email RE the step survey –

here it is – I will keep it up here until the end of the day today – 3/23

thanks – and you’re welcome…:-)


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new teachers and NEA vote information

hello again everyone – have some information for all those in the district with 1-5 years teaching experience – want to make you aware of this group that is founded locally – it is called the O.N.E newtwork = Ohio New Educators – they have a professional development opportunity coming up on April 7-8 – you can find them on FB at OHNewEducators and on twitter @OHNewEducators

you can also find some more info here….

also for any of you that are interested in some info about the candidates up for the NEA rep assembly election here is a link to that as well – scroll to second page




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hey everyone –

some of you are having issue with the survey – for those who are responding to me via work email you did not include a home email for me to check the list – so instead of emailing back and forth – you can find the link to the survey here – for 48 hours

hope this helps

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the final push – and lunch fun

greetings all – just wanted to remind you all about our lunch date on Nov 8 – it will be great – maybe it’s fate – so don’t be late…11:30 @ Middle School – download-1






speaking of Nov 8 – please go vote – here is a link to all the candidates that are pro public education…please support your profession at the ballot box this election…read the post below if you want to read a lil more of my soapbox…:-)

thank you for your support.





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the election and our responsibility as educators…

Please consider the following: download

First, a lil announcement about an event this Thursday 10.20 – Come to your OEA legislative reception on October 20, 2016, at the Sheraton in Cuyahoga Falls. At this event, we hear from local candidates about their views on public education and enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres and drinks (at your cost, drinks only, I think, those me might be included as well, but i digress, if there is a cost I will buy…:-)).

And now the heart of it all…I feel compelled to speak to you regarding the upcoming election. Remember, there is NOTHING about your professional life that is not directly impacted by politics and elected officials. I understand this is a touchy subject for some, however, I feel compelled to point out a few things and offer some food for thought. First, a point of self-disclosure: Generally, I am not quite this pointed in my remarks regarding politics to such a broad audience. I feel, though, that our profession hangs in the balance a bit. I don’t think I am the boy crying wolf here. True, I am a little more ensconced in all this than others as I attend things all around the state that speak to the issues that follow. With that said, I hope that I have earned some measure of trust the last few years and that you will consider my remarks. I am not drinking ALL the Kool-aid from these meetings, but it’s important that you have a brief history of what has transpired here in Ohio to provide some context about things that directly impact YOU and your day.

Let’s think back to about 2010. Here in Ohio, republican governor John Kasich was elected to office, voted in by many of our members around the state of Ohio, either directly, or indirectly by not voting. When the republican governor took office, he cut taxes to the upper classes and put a strain on communities.

YOU got a pay freeze that you will never get back.

Under this administration YOU also got OTES, SLOs, Value Added, and a host of other strains put on YOU as an educator.

Let’s also not forget the Charter School drain that has siphoned off billions in public money here in Ohio from taxpayers into the pockets of private companies…local tax money that should be supporting YOUR students and OUR schools. Those students then end up back in your classroom, often far behind your current students, only to then to figure in to your evaluation at some point. Check Nordonia School here

YOU also had the fear of Senate Bill 5, and the de-funding of all public unions, including police and fire fighters.

All since 2010, under a republican administration here in Ohio.


During this time, Ohio developed into a state with four cities with the highest rates of child poverty in the top 14 in the U.S. Youngstown was rated first. Poverty impacts education…period! Check out the OEA Commission on Student Success to better outline a comprehensive vision for Ohio’s schools.

With all this said, I want to be clear: We need to support candidates that support public education, whether they are Republican or Democrat, and OEA–and I–has done just that. The organization supported R candidate Frank LaRose here in Summit County; he understands the dynamics of public education. I have talked with him in person.

I am not intending to vilify an entire party. However, our state’s history speaks volumes.

Fact: The R side of the spectrum tends to favor privatization of public life and accountability through testing period. There is currently a bill in the Ohio senate (dominated by R) that seeks to have every government agency “prove” it is worth the funding it receives. How will state parks prove their worth? How will ODOT prove itself? If these agencies cannot meet some as of yet unknown metric, they will be eliminated, likely opened to the highest bidder in the private sector. We as educators surely know the meaning of this. What happens to those jobs and tax payers? All while we are still forced to pass tax levies to support schools? Threatening, fear-based politics, plain and simple.


A President Trump will double-down on all this–he has said so. He wants to create more Charter Schools, and deplores your right to bargain collectively. He has said so. In every state where they have “right to work” the median wages have gone down. He will appoint members to the Supreme Court that will surely vote to take your collective bargaining rights away. When that happens your wages will go down over time as well. Your retirement and health care also will be impacted. On top of all these obvious reasons that impact your profession, there are all the other comments and remarks made by this candidate. The media has covered all of those things enough. Ask yourself, do we want this to be the model for our students? Just this week there was a forum on “The Trump Effect” in our public schools…bullying and things of this nature are on the rise within our buildings around the state of Ohio.

I have heard our own members here and around Ohio say things akin to “I don’t like either candidate.” This is not really about the CANDIDATE–it is about the IDEAS SURROUNDING the candidate. On the whole, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party have been tireless champions for students and education in recent years. Their values on social justice and the like mirror what we deal with in our classrooms every day.

Is any of this perfect? Far from it.

But your future and the future of public education hang in the balance.

Please consult your Ohio Schools magazine this month for all the candidates up and down the ticket that support public education. Two come to mind–Ted Strickland for Senate and Casey Weinstein. I have interviewed Casey personally. He is a great candidate if you live in his district.


Get involved. Attend the legislative reception mentioned above. If you live in Portage County, attend the canvas opportunity with other OEA members mentioned to the left (I am also working on one of our own as well, if we can pull it together) so please stay tuned for that). Invest in your future…in OUR future.

Thank you for your time.


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welcome back –


so this post is long over due…was waiting until after our first executive meeting in sept. but we skipped that one to go do some phone canvassing for the upcoming election…here we are and it’s October, so long over due…

wanted you all to know that NHEA is a a 5 star local this year…how do you earn that you ask – well, we have done the following:

sent reps to both NEOEA Rep assemblies – sent reps to both OEA assemblies – sent members to NEOEA workshops – send a rep to Uniserve council – have 25% contribution to FCPE (THANK YOU) – and apply for at least one mini-grant application –

if you were counting we actually received 6 STARS!! – i think we were one of only 4 schools in NEO that received this rating…

much was discussed at our first exec meeting – make sure you attend your 10 minute meetings this week…

just a lil food for thought – more to come…

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spring is in the air…

downloadanother school is sort of winding down I suppose as we all engage in the state tests and the like, NHEA hopes that all is going well for you…

the NHEA teacher of the year has been chosen for 2015-16 – Carol Tonsing has that honor this year – on a personal note…I have worked with Carol since I started teaching here at NHS, she and I hired in at the same time – I can honestly say she surely is a worthy candidate, she is the department head here at the HS and is involved in many other curriculum activities, not only here at Nordonia, but also regionally and even nationally…thanks to Carol for her dedication to the craft of teaching…

please take the survey that was sent out via email – you can also access it here if you like…but you will need to be logged in to your work Google account…

thanks for all your support –


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Union Fair Share Fees Explained

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been awhile…

hello everyone – been awhile since i have updated this site – but here you go…cropped-images-2.jpg

some opportunities await:

  1. please consider attending the NEOEA mega conference – it really is a good conference – I have attended the last couple/threeish years and the session are short and sweet – goes from about 9 -12:00 or so – lunch is optional – and you can get one grad hour…the date is Saturday March 12 at Corporate College (intersection of 480 and 271)
  2. Legal advice/help – if you recall last year NHEA sponsored the retirement planning guys to come for presentations to staff – this year we are arranging a legal present – this attorney is in our attorney referral program through OEA and has worked with out staff in the past he is very education/teacher friendly –  he will be coming around to buildings to talk about probate issues (wills, power of attorney, etc) and domestic law – it will be short and to the point – we will be lining this up with your building 10 minute meetings.
  3. we have another cash mob coming up at Chick Fil A – check your email for deets…download

hope this finds you well – happy new year !!

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