TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Andrew Chittka, President of the Bluewater Occasional Teachers Local, with its 2016 New Member Award.
The award recognizes a member of ETFO with five years or less membership who has shown a commitment to the objects of ETFO and been significantly involved at the local and/or provincial level of the organization.
Currently a 0.1 contract teacher of Grades 1 and 2 at Ēcole Sydenham Community School, Andrew’s boundless energy continues to benefit his students and his union. As a teacher for five years, Andrew engages his students through creative and hands-on lessons, promotes and applies differentiated instruction strategies and encourages his students to grow as learners by follow the principles of Growth Mindset to focus them on improvement. He models the importance of continuous education by being involved in locally organized professional learning activities and recently completed an additional qualification in Education Law.
As an active member of the Grey-Bruce Labour Council, Andrew initiated donations to the Winter Warmth Program to help heat homes of those in need in the surrounding area. He has helped raise funds for local women’s shelters by supporting the Bluewater Teacher Local Silent Auction.
Before becoming president of the Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local in 2015, Andrew served as vice-president, chief negotiator and secretary. He has initiated Local Members’ Awards of Recognition to showcase exceptional occasional teachers in Bluewater and created an orientation and welcome USB program for new members. He created a new member tip sheet by interviewing local principals and has built member pride in his local through a logo design contest, meetings to discuss collective bargaining and informative communications.
“Andrew’s work to promote and support the important role that occasional teachers play in school boards is much appreciated,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “A graduate of ETFO’s Union School, his dedication to the collective bargaining rights of members is evident in his daily work and in his participation in union events to protect these rights.”