NYSUT 1st Vice President - Megan De La Rosa
Megan DeLaRosa has been an elementary teacher for the Shenendehowa Central School District for the past seventeen years. She has served as the President of the Shenendehowa Teachers Association for the past five years.
As an elementary teacher, Megan has taught a variety of grade levels and subject areas. While an elementary classroom teacher, she taught every subject area, and as a sixth grade middle school teacher, she was exposed to the issues facing her secondary colleagues. Returning to the elementary level, Megan has served as an Academic Intervention Services (AIS) teacher for the past six years, experiencing directly the role New York State’s faulty assessments play in dictating students’ daily learning opportunities.
Megan is a true believer that we can have a stronger, more democratic NYSUT if we hold true to the democratic principles of accountability and transparency. In her own local, Megan maintains transparency and accountability by encouraging two-way communication, opening herself and other elected leaders in her local to scrutiny from the membership at-large. She believes her members have a right to know the strategic plans for the local and what their elected leaders are/are not doing in working toward the local’s goals. Without transparency and open dialogue, Megan feels it is impossible to know the will of the rank-and-file, and therefore, elections are meaningless, simply rubber stamps that lead to an arbitrary and self-serving governance structure. In her role as a NYSUT delegate, Megan has voiced her concerns with the current NYSUT governance structure that she believes suppresses the voices of rank-and-file NYSUT members. Speaking publicly at the 2015 and 2016 RAs in favor of proposed Constitutional Amendments that increase transparency and member engagement in NYSUT elections, Megan has articulated that hypocrisy exists when we, as a union, support the democratization of balloting in New York State elections and yet do not seek solutions to overcome the voting barriers within our own union elections processes.
In her positions as both a local president and a current teacher, Megan has negotiated and been evaluated by APPR plans under both 3012-c and 3012-d. She knows the inherent flaws in the laws and the subsequent NYSED regulations and has engaged NYSUT staff in developing and securing the fairest evaluation system possible for her members and their students, given these flaws. Working with other members of the ST Caucus, her Superintendent and Board of Education members, parents and PTAs, and her own members, she has advocated for the repeal of 3012-d and an end to this costly, arbitrary evaluation system. In her efforts to negotiate a new APPR plan under 3012-d, she, along with other local leaders felt the frustration as they tried to seek meaningful answers to questions for which NYSUT leadership had no answers. An important issue that impacts the daily lives of our members must be met with significant and continuous guidance and support. To provide so little, leaving local presidents in precarious negotiating positions and members’ livelihoods in the hands of the same NYSED that created a deeply flawed system, strengthens Megan’s belief that the current NYSUT leadership is completely disconnected from the everyday lives of the local presidents and the rank-and-file members they represent. An opportunity for change can and should be brought to our union.
In her tenure year at Shenendehowa, Megan was elected to serve as a building representative and a NYSUT delegate for her local. Since then, she has also served as her local’s VOTE-COPE Coordinator, newsletter editor, Secretary, Employer-Employee Relations (Grievance) Chair, and AFT, TRS, and AFL-CIO delegates. In 2015 and again in 2016, she was elected by the ST Caucus membership to serve as the ST Caucus Vice-Chair for the Capital District. In addition, Megan is a graduate of the NYSUT and AFL-CIO Leadership Institutes and recently helped lead her local through NYSUT’s three-year LAP Program
President of the Shenendehowa Teachers Association