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Testimonials

To give UW President Young a better picture of our situation, we included personal testimonials from our members in the information package we delivered to him. Here are a few excerpts. 

“I used to love teaching.  I loved feeling that I was making a difference, learning about people, making connections, collaborating with my coworkers. […] However, after a few years of barely supporting myself with hardly any savings, asking my parents for help, and never taking vacations beyond Portland, I now recognize that I have three options: hurry up and marry a man who makes a lot of money; get a second job; or find another career." More...

                              - Jessica Wicksnin, English Language Faculty

 

“I love working for the University of WA and it would be a shame to have to leave here, after learning so much about the school and the campus in the last 4 years.  However, I am considering a return to Seattle Central Community College because they pay more there and they give their teachers not only annual raises, but higher rates of compensation based on experience level.” More...

Laura Elizabeth Martin, English Language Faculty

 

“My job with the UW IELP has very little stability and I don’t know from one quarter to the next if I might have work.  In order to afford to live, I work a second job at a restaurant for about 25 hours a week.  I did that all through school to pay my tuition so I could get an education.  In hopes that one day I could be a teacher and stop being a waitress.  Boy was I wrong.” More...

Molly Cheney, English Language Faculty

 

“I am embarrassed to tell my friends and family how little money I make despite having two Master’s degrees. When I finally told my father what my salary was, he said: “Come back to Serbia.” More...

Aleksandra Petrovich, English Language Faculty