In late 2017, the DCTA union representative for Lincoln Elementary told us they were looking for parent support during the early phases of the ProComp negotiations. A full year before parents were aware of the potential strike, a group of Lincoln parents attended the bargaining sessions at the DPS Acoma Building. This made me realize the gravity of the teacher compensation problem and overall education funding issues.
2018 April rally
The state wide teacher rally on April 27, 2018, was another moment that sparked my interest in advocating for our teachers. My family and I rode the City bus downtown with the Lincoln Elementary teachers to show our support.
The DPS teachers had to take the day off to attend the rally and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) informed teachers they would need to use vacation pay to attend the rally. There were some teachers that had no vacation pay left, so I started a GoFundMe Campaign to financially assist these teachers. Ten teachers applied and received the funds raised.
2019 teacher strike
Throughout 2018, I continued attending ProComp bargaining sessions. In the weeks leading up to the 2019 teacher strike, my attention shifted to supporting our 23 Lincoln Elementary teachers. I began reaching out to parents in the Lincoln community to kick-start another GoFundMe Campaign to support the teachers in the event of a strike. Once the strike was complete, we had raised $10,296 from 47 donors. Including the one comp day offered by DPS, these donations made most of the Lincoln teachers financially whole during the strike.