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Tom Schmida

Career Social Studies Teacher — Cleveland Heights / University Heights School District

  • Wiley Middle School
  • and Heights High School

Teachers Union

  • 1st Vice-President 1982-1990;
  • President 1990-2012;
  • Currently Advisor to the President.
  • Served as member of Ohio Federation of Teachers Executive Committee
  • Chaired AFT Funding of Education and other Services Committee at AFT conventions
  • Served 8 years on the Ohio Teacher Education and Licensure Advisory Committee

Karen Rego

My name is Karen Rego and I received my Bachelors of Education from The University of Toledo in 1999.  I was certified to teach K-8 and  I received my first job in Cleveland teaching 6th-grade math and social studies. A few years later I was hired in Cleveland Heights where I have spent the rest of my 21-year teaching career. I have taught many grades and subjects between k and 8th grade. My union involvement happened slowly over those years. I became involved as a building steward when the current steward was moved to another building. I spent about 6 years as the building steward at my elementary school before our former president asked me to be his 1st vice president. I knew he wanted me to be president eventually, but 4 short years later it happened. I have been president since July. We are in the middle of the pandemic, virtual school, and negotiations. I’m pretty sure that no matter how long I am the president for, whatever comes my way I can handle it.