CTA President Eric C. Heins introduces CTA's Paula J. Monroe ESP of the Year for 2016 Debra ("Debbie") Hamme at the April State Council of Education meeting
Recently honored as Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) 2015 Classified Employee of the Year, Debra “Debbie” Hamme’s involvement in educational and union activities has spanned over the past two decades. Her skills and qualities are highly valued by those she serves, not only an exemplary professional, mentor and colleague, but also an outstanding leader.
Debbie’s work on behalf of Education Support Professionals (ESPs) has long exemplified a level of commitment that serves as a model for others. Her 20 years of dedicated service to CCUSD is equally matched by the number of years of service to the members of the Association of Classified Employees (ACE).
Debbie’s work on behalf of ACE members is extensive. Her involvement in the association includes holding the office of president for the past eight years, and serving as vice president, ESP representative to the Community Budget Advisory Committee, chair of the Grievance and Reclassification Committees, and as a member of the negotiations team. Her influential leadership has helped advance ACE’s mission and priorities.
Debbie has been a resident of Culver City for more than 40 years. She is rooted in the community and her activism, powerful voice, and community recognition have sprouted from those deep roots.
For many years, she has been the visible proponent of equity and fairness for ESPs in her district and community. During her tenure as ACE President, the challenges confronting public education have mandated increased community and district engagement in working to preserve student services and jobs.
Debbie has served on committees to give input on ways to positively impact students, enhance the skills and knowledge of ESPs, and to help shape the course of CCUSD. Her participation in governing body activities are especially significant. Debbie’s accomplishments reflect the contributions of Education Support Professionals to public education.
Whether she is addressing issues relative to the 330 members of the ACE, or those of students, she consistently demonstrates her dedication to the profession. Congratulations to Debbie!
View video of Debbie receiving her honor at State Council