Protecting the Promise of Public Education for All

The Sweetwater Education Association is the union that represents more than 1,800 teachers, librarians, nurses and speech pathologists in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Our mission is to protect and promote the well-being of our members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance and protect the promise of a quality public education for all students.

SEA is looking for a new Treasurer. Find the Declaration of Candidacy Form here and the Timeline for the election here.


President’s Report

July 2019


Welcome back to all SEA members. I’d like to thank all of the Site Representatives for making it to our first Site Rep meeting on July 23rd. Below is my  update for members on what activities I have been doing in the month of July.

Before my term officially started, I attended the Labor Management Institute on June 25 and 26 with leaders from all six labor groups and the SUHSD Cabinet and School Board member, Frank Tarantino. During the planning time I shared concerns and unanswered questions by membership about the SUHSD budget and deficit. Dr. Janney will be conducting a tour of sites to answer questions about budgetary concerns. She will first meet with the SEA Executive Board on August 20, 2019 to explain the process and answer questions from Board members.

The National Education Association Representative Assembly was held on July 2-8 Houston, TX. I attended with members Jasper Daleo, Joseph Green, Tere Harris, Gretel Rodriguez and Roberto Rodriguez. It was exciting to be part of the body that shapes the direction of our National union agenda. The Presidential Education Forum with ten of the 2020 candidates was informative and inspiring.

The SEA Board of Director’s annual retreat on July 9 provided our Board with an opportunity to clarify the goals and priorities of the Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 school year. Committee chairs Lucy Ugarte (Organizing), Shelly Poliska (Grievance), Emmanuel Gutierrez and Jessica Davis (Communications), Ivette Sanchez (Elections), and David Hunt (By-laws and Standing Rules) were able to join us and review the plan and contribute ideas that will help move our Association forward.

I was invited by CTA Director, Roberto Rodriguez, to attend a CTA Lobby Day in Sacramento on July 10 to visit lawmakers and speak in support of AB 1505 and 1507 which would put more accountability on Charter Schools and give more control for approving Charters by local school districts.

The focus for the South County Teachers United Board Retreat on July 11 was to reorganize and re-energize our relationships with the other unions in our union office. The Presidents and Vice-Presidents of five of the six unions met and began planning how we as a group can engage members, support our fellow unions, and coordinate activities among the six South Bay Teacher’s associations

In regards to the lack of laptop computers for our graduation class of 2020, I released the following statement.  “ It is beyond unfortunate that SUHSD has put themselves into another situation that will affect students and educators. As educators, we have been through many trainings over the years to integrate technology into our lessons and curriculum. For those students that don’t have the means to own devices, they will be at a severe disadvantage in accessing the many online resources available to them. To inform us all 3 days before school starts is completely unacceptable.”

The first day back was busy. I want to thank committee chairs and SEA Board members Tere Harris, Lourdes Renteria, Jessica Davis, Emmanuel Gutierrez, and Cesar Fernandez for being at the SEA table giving out T-shirts and updating member contact information. The gift card winners were: Linda Bennet, MVA; Lorena DeLeon, SYH; Lena Lee, Alt Ed; Marielena Marquez, MVH; and Curtis Mays, ORH.

I want to give a big Thank You to Claudia Tellez who put together New Member folders for all of our Induction candidates and gave the Association presentation on July 17 and 18 with SEA Board member Kim Edmonds and me.

Throughout the month I have been meeting with members to help them with Human Resource and Grievance issues. Members are free to contact me at the office if their site representatives don’t have the answers they need or if their issues go beyond what can be helped at the site level.

The CTA Presidents Conference on July 18-21 in San Jose gave me invaluable opportunities to learn what it means to be an Association President. I was able to strengthen my relationships with fellow South Bay Presidents and Vice Presidents as well as forge new relationships with other local Presidents and CTA leadership.

It has been an eventful start as a new President, but I have every confidence that my Board of Directors, Site Representatives and committee members will all work together to make the Sweetwater Education Association the dynamic and well run organization that it can be. Thank you for all your help and support.


Respectfully Submitted,

Julie Walker

Contact Information


Office: (619) 427-1370

Cell: (619) 638-9276



Our 2019 SEA Dependents Scholarship Recipients


$1000 to Marielle Tellez Castro

Graduating Senior

$500 to Emily Ince

Graduating Senior

$500 - Denise Garcia

Continuing College

$500 - Arturo Cervantes

Continuing College



SEA is a part of the South County Teachers United UniServ  and an affiliate of the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

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