Forrest Baker, Director of Technology and Library Services at Walla Walla School District, was recognized by Public School Employees of Washington SEIU Local 1948 (PSE) as a 2018 Honorary Member of the Year. The award was presented to Baker during PSE’s Annual Convention on Saturday, August 4 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA.
“The Honorary Member of the Year Award shines a spotlight on our outstanding partners in education,” said PSE President Charlotte Shindler. “It is presented to those who continually act in the best interest of Education Support Professionals.”
Baker has provided increased access to technology and professional development to Education Support Professionals in Walla Walla School District. Under his leadership, paraeducators, bus drivers, and other classified employees have received vital technology training to provide our community’s students with a 21st-century education.
“He fights not only for those under his supervision, but for classified employees across the board,” said BJ Colvin, PSE Treasurer and Technology Specialist at Walla Walla School District. “He helps provide a level playing field for all staff and has a far-reaching impact. He makes sure everyone is welcomed and appreciated.”
There are more than 2.8 million Education Support Professionals in our nation’s public schools, colleges, and universities and they make up one-third of the public education workforce. They ensure students achieve at their highest levels. They keep students fed, emotionally and physically healthy and safe, engaged and connected to the larger school community, and provide instruction and support that leads to academic success.
Education Support Professionals work in the following nine career families:
• Child nutrition services
• Clerical services
• Custodial and maintenance services
• Health and student services
• Security services
• Skilled trades
• Technical services
• Transportation services
Public School Employees of Washington SEIU Local 1948 (PSE) is a labor union dedicated exclusively to representing Education Support Professionals in Washington State’s public education system. Our 30,000+ members play a vital role in the operation of early learning, K-12 and universities throughout the state.