Pinellas union leader retiring in December
Marshall Ogletree, executive director of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, has decided to retire. He will step down at the end of December, according to the union.
In a message to members, union president Kim Black called Ogletree a "tireless advocate" for educators in Pinellas County and statewide. She said his love for students, teachers, support professionals and schools was "evident in everything he does."
She also wrote that he was known statewide for his "integrity, honesty and credibility."
Ogletree has been executive director of the teachers union and the Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association since 2009. He began his teaching career in Pinellas County Schools and became an active union member while working as a math teacher at Dixie Hollins High School. He served as chief lobbyist for the FTP-NEA (the state's branch of the teachers union before it merged) and also lobbied for the state teachers union.
Black said no question was too big or small for Ogletree to answer.
The union's selection committee has started the process to hire a new executive director.