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San Bernardino teacher Mikki Cichocki-Semo was re-elected to a second two-year term as secretary-treasurer of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association Saturday. Along with CTA President Dean E. Vogel and Vice President Eric C. Heins, Cichocki-Semo presides over the state’s largest teachers union.
Running unopposed, Cichocki was elected by acclamation by CTA’s 760-member State Council of Education, the union’s top governing body of democratically elected representatives, during its quarterly meeting in Los Angeles.
“Mikki has been an energetic, passionate and committed member of our team who has put the interests of our students at the forefront,” Vogel said. “She also played a crucial role in the 2012 election.”
A veteran teacher with classroom experience in kindergarten through middle school, she is currently assigned to Youth Services in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Cichocki-Semo (pronounced “chuh-husky”) believes CTA is a driving force for a quality education for every student.
“I’m so honored to represent California’s dedicated educators and to continue CTA’s advocacy for education reforms that improve teaching and student learning,” said Cichocki-Semo.
She holds a degree in liberal studies from Cal Poly Pomona, and went to San Bernardino public schools. She came to education after working in business for several years. She has 23 years of education experience and has represented thousands of teachers throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties on the CTA Board of Directors.
Cichocki-Semo has been very active with the San Bernardino Community Coalition, an education coalition that has promoted literacy training, developed Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) language adopted by CTA chapters across the state, and created Survive and Thrive, a program for veteran teachers who need assistance. This coalition of CTA chapter presidents and school superintendents collaborates on local education issues to find common ground in support of students and public education.
She lives in Riverside with her husband and daughter, who attends Riverside Poly High.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.