FEA honors two local education advocates
Two local education advocates recently won recognition from the Florida Education Association during its annual delegate assembly in Orlando.
Lavaunne Miller, a staff member for the United School Employees of Pasco, received the union's Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award for her commitment to diversity and social justice. The FEA writes:
"Miller was a strong advocate for school employees who were in the lowest paid positions, many of which were held by minorities. Through her involvement with the labor movement, she helped forge alliances with the NAACP, the Black Caucus of Pasco and the A. Phillip Randolph Institute. She has also been active in the Florida AFL-CIO and the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, as well as the PASCO NAACP."
Kali Davis, a Pinellas County teacher, won the FEA's Service Award. The FEA writes:
"Davis, who is also a director on the Executive Board for the Pinellas Classroom Teachers' Association, has been a lobbyist at the state Capitol with the Florida Young Remarkable Educators (FYRE) in conjunction with the AFL-CIO Young Workers on many issues that affect young workers. While a student at the University of Florida, she served two years as the president of Student FEA. 'Kali is a true leader,' said Andy Ford, who ended his tenure as FEA president at the Delegate Assembly. 'She has worked tirelessly for equity, diversity and inclusiveness in our organization and to do what is right for public education.'"
The FEA gives out five statewide awards annually at its Human and Civil Rights Awards luncheon.