RECN CORE TEAM
Movers, Shakers and not afraid to be Agitators
We are union members of color and various marginalized groups (and other interested parties) working together to identify and address issues affecting us as well as our students of color and all marginalized student groups.
HEA Lead Core Member
Shawna Moore is a dedicated educator of 18 years. Her passion is ensuring all students have a caring adult they can rely on in their educational setting, as well as educating professionals about the power of relationships and human connection. She is currently teaching 8th grade Health at Chinook Middle School in Seatac, Washington. She is an athletic coach of Track and Volleyball, peer mentor for her building and the Highline School District. She is a WEA Culturally Responsive Trainer, as well as a Core team member of RECN (Rainier Educators of Color Network). Prior to teaching Shawna spent 22 years in the Navy supporting and defending our country. Her motto is...You only have two jobs in this lifetime, inspire someone to be better than yourself and leave the better than it was given to you. Shawna double majored in her bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, as well as a double major in her Master’s in Master Teaching and Curriculum Development. In addition she is endorsed in Fitness and Health.
RPTA Core Team Member
Aneeka Ferrell is the Substitute Coordinator for the Renton School District. In her role, she is responsible for hiring, onboarding, and coordinating all aspects of the Substitute Office for the District. Aneeka is a certified Frontline Education administrator and manages the oversight of the Frontline Education Absence Management system for the District. Aneeka Ferrell is a member of the core team for the Rainier Educators of Color Network, a member of the Professional Technical Education Association, and a member of the Rainier Uniserv Council. Aneeka is an Implicit Bias and Microaggressions trainer as well as a Paraeducator Certification and Cultural Competency (Equity Track) trainer for the Washington Education Association. Aneeka holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication (with honors) and a dual Masters Degree in Business Administration and Public Administration (with honors). Aneeka Ferrell and her husband of 26 years have a son, 25 and daughter, 15.
REA Core Team Member
Dominic is a Physical Education Teacher (PE Specialist) at Risdon Middle School, Renton School District. With over 20 years of experience as an educator he has built a comprehensive physical education program complete with a curriculum inclusive of physical, psychological, and nutritional information. He has built relationships with a variety of community providers from bowling to ballet, inclusive of taekwondo, yoga and golf to exposure his students to the vast variety of ways to set fit, healthy and active throughout their lives. Dominic has worked on school climate surveys to improve staff engagement and student morale; as well as, worked on comprehensive school improvement plans. Assisted in implementing a mentor program; created a self-management group; helped with student discipline. Other accolades Omega Commitment to Youth (OCC) Program, Created OCC (Omega Commitment to Youth) a mentor program that targeted at hope youth. Secured 7 mentors and saw positive changes in student behavior due to being exposed to positive role models. Received Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year award for outstanding community service for starting the program.
RESP Core Team Member
Valisia has been an educator in the Renton School District for 6 years serving in many roles to support learners and staff. Growing up in Louisiana she experienced and overcome many aspects of racism. She's served on the RECN Core Team for 5 years and has supported countless educators in their journey to dismantle racism through awareness, organizing, and activism. Valisia's family are her biggest supporters. She has been married for 27 years and has 4 amazing children and 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. Besides managing the front office of a high needs middle school she is serving her first term as President of the Renton Education Support Professionals, the largest classified local union in Renton. She also serves on the ACT (Action Coordinating Team) and on the board of RUC (Rainier Uniserv Council) where she works to ensure all ESP's voices are heard and included.
HEA Core Team Member
Edissa Jaramillo has been in the education field since 2009, starting as a bilingual kindergarten teacher, then a paraeducator (bilingual and special education) then became a Special Education teacher. She worked in the Seattle and Kent districts as a paraeducator and Highline as a teacher. She currently teaches in a self-contained Special Education IAC (Intensive Academic Center) classroom at Glacier Middle School. Her main passion is inclusion of all students, focusing on ELL and Special Education inclusion. Edissa’s motto is all behavior is communication and all students can learn. She is a union rep and a RECN (Rainier Educators of Color) Core Team member. Edissa majored in Psychology and studied in Spain for a year. She is fluent in Spanish. She has a Masters in Teacher, with a Special Education endorsement. Edissa is a National Board Certified Teacher as a Exceptional Needs Specialist. She loves to travel (especially to new places) as well as spend time with family, friends, and her dog, Jessie.
REA Core Team Member and Ally
Susan DuFresne is in her 12th year teaching Integrated Kindergarten in the Renton School District after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from City University in 2009. She lives on Vashon Island but lived in Renton for 7 years and considers the community her 2nd home. Susan is dual endorsed in both Special Education and General Education currently teaching at Maplewood Heights. She believes unfortunately, our BIPoC kindergarten children have already experienced racism and therefore all kindergartners are old enough to learn about antiracism. She is an artist, activist, author and illustrator, writing and illustrating The History of Institutional Racism in U.S. Public Schools published by Garn Press, 2018. She serves on the REA Executive Board as Primary Representative. Susan is collaborating with educators at Maplewood Heights to teach Ethnic Studies, continuing her professional development with WA Ethnic Studies Now. She has been a CORE member of RECN since 2017 and believes it is our responsibility as Whites to research and correct our false perceptions/narratives of history, change policies and to dismantle institutional racism alongside our BIPoC and expanding RECN’s equity work to increase intersectionality between anti-racism work and oppression in the areas of gender and sexual orientation/LGBTQIA+, Dis/Ability/Ableism, ageism, and poverty/classism.
REA Core Team Member
Joseph (Joe) Bento is an AP/IB Psychology and 9th grade Health teacher in Renton, WA. He has been involved in safe schools trainings for the last 15 years including his work as an NEA (National Education Association) trainer on Social Justice and LGBTQ issues for the last 10 years. Joe also advises the GSA at his school, is active in his local union, and is also the current chair of GLSEN Washington State and has worked with GLSEN for the last 15 years. Joe likes to travel, work in his yard, and hang out with his 2-year old niece. Joe is currently the Rainier UniServe Council Vice-President.
REA Core Team Member and Ally
Julianna has been teaching in the Renton School District and leading in the Association since 2001. Fighting institutional racism and other forms of oppression have been lifelong goals since she was a young child growing up in an immigrant community in Seattle. She has had lots of training in activism, organizing, political action, school leadership and cultural competency. She brings mindfulness and trauma-informed practices to her classroom teaching and in equity work with school staff to help people recognize their physiological ‘triggers’ during difficult conversations. She believes the social justice movements will require people to recognize that ‘brave spaces’ are difficult places to be in and that breathing techniques and yoga help keep everyone engaged. Her own two children are in high school in Renton and she strives to make sure they are working towards a future that is governed by compassion, science, and a focus on the common good (not just profits!). She is honored to leverage her privileges as an accomplice on the RECN Core Team. Julianna is currently serving as the Intermediate Rep on the REA Executive Board.
KEA Core Team Member and Ally
Becca Ritchie has taught middle school youth for 30 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and her Masters in Instructional Technology from City University. She has taught varied classes through her career from General Music to Choir to Computer Applications and now she teaches Computer Essentials at Mill Creek Middle School in Kent, WA.
She joined the Core RECN team at its inception while teaching in Renton, WA and has continued the work in Kent through the Social and Racial Justice group and the Educators of Color group.
She is currently the middle school rep for the Kent Education Association Exec Board. She was elected spring of 2019 as the Pacific Region Director for the National Council of Urban Education Associations. She is chair of the Washington Badass Teachers Caucus and is the past chair of the NEA BAT Caucus.
Through the years, her understanding of the implications of being socialized as a white woman in a society that has been built on white supremacy has driven her to learn, grow and stand with colleagues and friends of color. Each day holds a chance to learn and grow and become a better accomplice. Each day holds challenges to be the best she can be. And everyday, she takes on the challenge as an imperfect human being who humbly walks this journey.
WEA Vice President/Core Team Member
Janie White is the first Education Support Professional, and first black woman to be elected as the WEA Vice President. Before her election, she served as the office manager of Nelsen Middle School in Renton. She was the Renton ESP president, building rep, bargaining team member, Rainier Uniserv board member and WEA board member. Janie has been active on the Rainier Educators of Color Network (RECN) core team for eight, advocating for educators and students of color. WEA Education Support Professionals Action Coordinating Team (ACT), which advocates for ESPs and offers trainings and conferences specifically for ESPs for eight years. She is a graduate of the NEA ESP Leaders of Tomorrow program and the WEA’s ESP of the Year in 2017. Her passion is advocating for students, parents, members and the community
HEA Core Team Member
Estevan “Joe” ‘MistaBe...’ Bourgeois has been an educator in the Highline School district for 9 years. Prior to becoming an educator, he served 5 years in the United States ARMY as a military police officer. When he ended his time in service, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent 7 years as a law enforcement official. He did not enjoy this job. When you meet him, you can ask him why. Nonetheless, in 2006, he and his family moved to Washington state. He wants you to know that he earned 3 degrees (Associates, Bachelors, and Masters) in the span of 4 years. Not to boast, but to encourage. He says, “If I can do it, the one who his early education teachers relegated to special education classes because he didn’t ‘learn like everyone else,’ any one can do it. You just have to lock in and believe.” Joe will be the first to tell you that he absolutely loves be an educator. He often performs rap music to empower and uplift his students. He is currently a 6th grade math teacher at Sylvester middle school. He is also the JV coach for girl’s softball, girl’s basketball, and boy’s basketball. He is excited to be a member of the Rainier Educators of Color Network.
KEA Core Team Member and Ally
HEA Core Team Member and Ally
NEA Director Core Team Member and Ally
Jeb Binns is a High School history teacher at Highline High in Burien, Washington. In 2001, Jeb went to graduate school at the University of Puget Sound to earn his Masters in Teaching after spending the previous 6 years in retail management with Starbucks and CompUSA. Jeb is currently serving in many roles in union work. Locally, Jeb is the Vice President of the Highline Education Association, President of he Rainier UniServ Council, Board Director of the Washington Education Association, and Director of the National Education Association. When he’s not in class teaching high school freshmen or in meetings, Jeb spends his time with his wife, Vicki, and daughters Abbie and Charlotte.