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President: Brian McCarthy

Vice President: Lora Messer-Nilles

Secretary: Michelle Smith   

Treasurer: Hayley DeMers


Early Learning Center-  Michelle Smith

Friendly Hills- Patrick McCormick, Jennifer Ryan

Garlough- Julia Linehan

Heritage- Kristy Cooper, Kristy Otte

Moreland Elem.-Shari Niemcyk, Anna Banti

Mendota Elem.- Samantha Schiltz, Anna Thul

Pilot Knob- Matthew Beniak, JoAnna Cudo

Two Rivers-  Katie Carter, Erik Kluznick, Margaret Citta

Somerset- Mary Nelson, Lori Thomas

Organizing Leader- Kristy Otte

ATPPS- Kim Zellmer




Negotiators   Anne Bolsem     Jodie Darwitz        Kristy Otte    Ryan Pagenkopf 





The West St. Paul Federation of Teachers (Local 1148) serves the teachers in the West St. Paul (ISD 197), Minnesota school district. Local 1148 is a part of Education Minnesota which affiliates with both the AFT and NEA national unions.

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Instagram/Twitter: @wspft1148

Facebook: Wspft

The Power of Our Union link: The Power of Our Union

Our local works in collaboration with the state teacher's union. Here are Education Minnesota's Statements of Principal:


Throughout this century, the AFT has been a major force for preserving and strengthening America's democratic commitment to public education and public service. Desegregating public schools, passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children are just a few of the causes the AFT has championed. MORE

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


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