Endorsements

We appreciate the encouragement of our friends, colleagues and supporters. We want you to know that this isn’t a one or two or ten or one hundred person job. We have committed ourselves to growing our union and reclaiming our state, but we cannot do this work alone. Hear from some of the folks who have decided to join our team!

Add your endorsement now!

Tamika Walker Kelly
Candidate for President, NCAE
Cumberland County
Bryan Proffitt
Candidate for Vice President, NCAE
Durham County

“One of my most trusted advisors is my running mate, Bryan Proffitt. He has a depth of knowledge and skills around community and issue-based organizing, and a strong history of work that I have done with him as an NCAE member. His experience in rebuilding the Durham local has been and will be instrumental to the work necessary to help develop stronger locals across the state.”

Tamika Walker Kelly
Candidate for President
North Carolina Association of Educators

“I admire Tamika for her bravery, her super thorough intelligence, her taste in music/humor, her ability to stay even when things are going up and down around us, her patience, her commitment to discernment, to making sure that she’s sure about a thing, her loyalty, her ability to connect with all different kinds of people and make them feel valued, her strength under fire, her unwillingness to suffer foolishness.”

Bryan Proffitt
Candidate for Vice President
North Carolina Association of Educators

Kristin Beller

“Over the past several years, I’ve witnessed the incredible commitment that both Tamika and Bryan have made to NCAE evidenced by their deep level of investment in our members. They are unapologetic in their love for our public schools and all the people working and learning in them. They consistently demonstrate how thoughtful political analysis combined with effective skill-building and organizing within a statewide strategy builds the strength and power of NCAE at all levels. Their proven and principled leadership builds trust and solidarity in a way that invites others into the work and connects leaders across buildings and school districts to effectively win statewide campaigns. The vision they are building with us for the future inspires members to learn and grow in order to support NCAE’s progress towards the schools and lives we all deserve.”

Educator and President
Wake County Association of Educators

President
Durham Association of Educators
President
Guilford County Association of Educators
President
Buncombe Association of Educators

Michelle Burton

Todd Warren

Paula Dinga

“NCAE needs transformational leadership and Tamika and Bryan are transformational leaders. For our union to survive the next 50 years, the leaders that take the helm of our union must have a bold vision and a clear strategic plan to help NCAE grow in membership and develop capable leaders who will be willing and able to carry the torch for our organization so it will thrive in perpetuity.”

“I’m endorsing Tamika & Bryan for NCAE Leadership because together we’re building a movement for public education that is transforming what it means to #OrganizeTheSouth. The forces of racism, austerity, and climate denial are powerful and well resourced. The only thing we have is each other but properly organized, it’s more than enough. A vote for Tamika & Bryan is a vote to build power for change in NC with ripples that are assured to spread.”

“Tamika and Bryan have been a constant support to me as a local President trying to learn the most effective ways to organize our members and engage their voices in public education and social justice issues. They provide more than ideas and directives- they visit frequently and get involved in doing the work necessary to support our members. I am a huge fan and truly believe Tamika and Bryan are what we need to move forward together!”

Justin Parmenter

“I have watched Tamika and Bryan lead for the past few years and have been so impressed with their passion and their ability to empower those around them. Both of them believe in building from the ground up and want our organization to be directed by its members. That’s the vision and leadership we need for NCAE, and I’m proud to support them.”

Educator
Mecklenburg County
Educator
Mecklenburg County

Kevin Poirier

“I support Tamika and Bryan for NCAE Leadership because I believe that they will provide the necessary and incredibly positive leadership for our Association moving forward. Both Tamika and Bryan have demonstrated their ability to organize and execute with a level of excellence that I believe will be a huge need as we continue to stand up and fight against those who do not value or support public education.Tamika and Bryan have my full support and I am excited about the prospect of them being President and Vice President of our incredible organization!”

Educator
Guilford County

Shana Richards

“I support Tamika + Bryan for NCAE Leadership because of their ability to connect with educators as well as the broader community. T+B are educators who know all of the challenges and successes that we face on a daily basis. They are not only advocates of public education/educators but advocates for the students and families that we work with. T+B have my vote because a vote for them is a vote to move public education in this state forward!”

Educator
Durham County

Tracey Barrett

“Tamika and Bryan understand that we need to both defend public schools from privatizers AND transform them into places that serve the needs of all our kids. They have the strategic vision and organizing experience to make this happen; Tamika + Bryan represent the type of unapologetic educator leadership that can win the schools our students deserve. They were instrumental in making the May 16 and May 1 actions in Raleigh happen, and they’re not afraid to support bold, grassroots actions from rank-and-file educators to get what we need.”

Interested in endorsing Tamika + Bryan for Leadership of NCAE? Click here!

Librarian and Vice President
Durham Association of Educators

Turquoise Lejeune Parker

“Educator led transformation is the ONLY way we win. We will win the schools and communities we ALL deserve when we believe that winning is about ALL of us. Tamika and Bryan embody that. They are running for ALL of us. Running for each other. Fighting for each other. I can’t WAIT to vote for Tamika and Bryan to lead the defense and transformation of North Carolina’s Public Schools. #iBelieveThatWeWillWin”


Educator
Durham County
Doctoral Student
Wake County
Retiree
Cumberland County

Millie Rosen

“I support Bryan and Tamika because they have specific goals for organizing NCAE into a fighting union that can win specific improvements for us, like pay raises and education resource funding. They want NCAE to grow and they actually know how to make that happen in a grassroots way, not from the top down.”

Jessica Benton

“I have had the honor of knowing and working alongside both Tamika and Bryan for the past seven years. Their dedication to all of those working and learning inside our public schools is unmatched. They have dedicated their lives to fighting for our schools, and I could not think of anyone more qualified to lead NCAE. Their union leadership will be as asset to us all.”

Pattie Griffin

“I have personally worked with Tamika over the past 5 years and I know her to be hard working and dedicated to the mission of making things better for students, staff and faculty.”

Classified Staff
Cumberland County

Emma Walker Source

“Our family of Educators, Military-connected members and other respected family members wholeheartedly give our Endorsement & Support for Tamika Walker-Kelly/Candidate for NCAE President. Ms. Kelly is a champion, an advocate, a courageous young lady and her platform is for Public Education. She demonstrates many qualities and a great skill set of which we are truly proud, including: *Grassroots inclusive campaign organizing * Strong work ethic *Empowers others *Imparts Knowledge *Dedicated *Visionary *Mission-oriented *Promotes teamwork *Self-Motivated *Builds strong relationships *Governance of Public Education Policy *Pedagogical knowledge *Transparency *Accountability *Integrity *Compassionate *Positive *Decision-making *Innovative *Solution-seeking *Resilient *Impactful *Inspiring *Change Maker”

Educator
Durham County

Eli Seed

“In electing Tamika & Bryan, we’re not casting our lot with some myth of magical saviors, which only passes the buck to a different individual than ourselves. No, in electing Tamika & Bryan, we’re counting on ourselves, but collectively. T&B’s leadership is one that involves ALL of us, that gives us ALL an opportunity to be part of something far, far greater than ourselves and even the two of them, for all their gifts and skills. Their leadership actually DIFFUSES their own leadership, sharing it with ALL of us through organizing around what’s best for our profession, our students, our schools, and our communities. When we vote for Tamika & Bryan, we’re betting on ourselves and on ALL of us together.”

Educator
Transylvania

Meredith Licht

“There are so many reasons I support Tamika and Bryan, so I will share my top three: a focus on teamwork, community building, and building our locals. The first is teamwork: Tamika and Bryan approach everything working as a team–it isn’t about egos, it isn’t about recognition, but it IS about working together towards common goals for the good of the group. The second is Tamika and Bryan know that if we are to make real gains for our public schools, we have to build our communities by creating meaningful, long-term relationships with other like-minded organizations that share our goals and vision. They understand that schools are not isolated buildings, but they are a part of our communities. If we are to have strong schools, we have to help build our communities as well. The third is building our local leadership and strength. Tamika and Bryan don’t promise to be the voice of educators or public schools–they promise to teach educators how to use their own voices and their own power to make the changes we want. They actively teach people to be their own heroes.”

Educator
Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Jaclyn Holland

I support Tamika Walker Kelly and Bryan Proffitt for President and VP of NCAE because I believe in their leadership and I’m so excited about the potential of our union. In the past couple of years, I have had the opportunity to engage with and learn from Tamika and Bryan. Their way of being, of engaging new leaders, of building teams, of developing and maintaining a positive group culture, and of carrying out strategic campaigns has resulted in decisive wins for their locals and for public education in our state. With this kind of leadership and culture, NCAE can realize its potential to be the organization that brings educators together, empowers them to use their voices, and leverages that collective power to win decisive victories for students, schools, and communities throughout our state.

Follow this link to add your own endorsement of Tamika Walker Kelly and Bryan Proffitt!


Educator
Durham County
Classified
Wake County
Educator
Wake County

James Finnegan

“With the right leadership and vision, NCAE can defend and transform public education and shift the balance of power in NC from the privatizers to the people. How? By leading a statewide movement that centers racial and social justice and unites educators with parents and students to fight for the common good. Our future is at stake, and I wouldn’t trust anyone for president and VP more than Tamika and Bryan. Let’s build this union!”

Latesha Greene

“I support Tamika & Bryan because you don’t just believe in YOURSELF but you believe in others. Building leaders is what it take to build legacy and strengthen the union. Their dedication and active work speaks volumes.”

Tyler Swanson

“I am proud to announce, that I will be voting for Tamika & Bryan for NCAE Leadership! Tamika and Bryan have consistently been on the front lines fighting for our schools and what is best for our students. I am proud to stand with them as we continue to build a coalition of educators, and support staff to fight to make sure our public school are FULLY funded.”

Educator
Guilford County

Raquel Robinson

“I support Tamika and Bryan for NCAE Leadership because they have a plan (that they have developed and used over the past 5 years) to grow membership, develop/spotlight leadership skills in others, and build relationships to support the right of our students and families to a free and appropriate public school education.”

Educator
Nash County
Educator
Guilford County
Educator
Cabarrus County

Toni Hicks

“Tamika and Bryan offer a fresh perspective on the conflicts we face in the teaching field. They’ve been in our shoes and know the issues that need to be improved not just for teachers but for our students, as well. Their leadership gives me hope in my journey in this career. It’s time for a change in education and I believe these two brilliant individuals have what it takes to lead us on that path!”

Maria Orona

“I support this team because their platform is for Public Schools. They believe in community building and a view that our union empowers us educators to use our voices for our students and our schools.”

Michelle Rengert

“Tamika and Bryan have already showed their commitment to lead NCAE by their inclusive culture, the encouragement they have shown our local and their detailed plan to make our union stronger than ever! I believe in their plan to help rebuild dwindling locals in order to make our union stronger, creating the working conditions and education in NC schools that we all deserve!”

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