Soundview’s New UniServ Rep! 
We are excited to introduce Jeff Wood, Soundview UniServ’s new Union Rep. Jeff replaces Jill Van Glubt who has accepted a position at Chinook UniServ. He is a familiar face at Soundview, having served on the Soundview Council and as Steilacoom EA’s local president, first in 1999 and 10 years later in 2009. He started teaching in 1995 and became active in Steilacoom EA just two years later. Jeff comes to us from Pioneer Middle School, where he taught Engineering Design and Fabrication. I have known Jeff to be a consummate organizer of his peers. He is a most excellent bargainer who does his research, and he has a sharp understanding of school budgets. Not only that, he has a great sense of humor, a positive outlook, and he makes almost every meeting more enjoyable. I interviewed Jeff earlier this week. His answer to the question about imagining your career when you were little is one of the funniest!                                                                     — jo benedetti


What was the big happening the year you were born?  I was born in 1970. Nixon was President. It was the year of Kent State. The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel broke up. Aerosmith and the Doobie Brothers formed. Of course I had to look these things up. I was pretty young then.




What did you imagine your career would be when you were little? I think I had most of the regular ‘child of the 70’s’ ideas: fireman, detective, rock star, Jedi. I was a big fan of the 6 Million Dollar Man and spent a lot of time running around in slow motion when I was in kindergarten.




Were you ever sent to the principal’s office? I know this will come as a shock to some people, but I have been to the principal’s office more than once. You know that kid who can’t sit still or pay attention and occasionally gets into a fight on the playground, or pushes in line, or is drawing Star Wars pictures instead of writing his spelling words? I was that kid.




Tell us about your family. My wife is an English teacher at Steilacoom HS. My daughters are in third and fourth grade in Tacoma School District.  Aha! So you won’t mind working with all women at Soundview!




If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life…what would you choose? Apple-Rhubarb pie.




What’s your favorite TV show? I’m more likely to watch a half hour comedy, because that’s what I have time for. I really like Elementary and the new Sherlock Holmes show. I feel that this is the appropriate place to mention that my favorite TV show of all time is The Rockford Files.




If you had a totally unencumbered day, what would you choose to do? Maybe go fishing. Maybe play golf. I haven’t had time for that in a while.


I saw a photo of you playing the piano on Facebook. Do you have other talents that we don’t know about?
I don’t really play the piano. I play with the piano. I had lessons as a kid, but I have almost completely forgotten how. I play guitar only well enough to know that I’m not very good at it.




If someone made a movie about your life, what actor would you like to play your part? I don’t have an opinion on this, but I’m sure my wife would want it to be Hugh Jackman. Yes! I think the women in the Council office would love that too!




How would you describe yourself using only 3 adjectives? (Ever resourceful, Jeff gave more than three!) When I was a Boy Scout they taught me to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. I am, occasionally, all of them. Not obedient, obviously. I have trouble with that one.




What’s the first thing that you would change about public education? There are a lot of   problems in public education. School funding, class size, teacher evaluation, standardized curriculum, standardized testing, the list goes on and on. I don’t know how to fix them all, but I do know that there are a lot of really phenomenal things happening in public schools right now, today. Walk into any school and look for the miracles. They are there because public education is full of good people doing outstanding work.




What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you? You can’t run away from trouble. It will follow.




(Note: Starting November 4th, Jeff can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the Soundview Office at 253-582-1822, ext 11.)



It’s Show Time!   by Sonya Langford

Over the past five years, the landscape of education and education unions has changed drastically. With ‘reformers’ stealing the microphone at the state and national levels, and union bashers jumping on the stage at every opportunity, our Association unity and teamwork are more important than ever.



It is against this backdrop that leaders in the Soundview UniServ Council and the Council/Local WEA Tacoma have decided to explore working together more closely, taking advantage of our proximity and shared vision for strengthening our union. With cooperative teamwork and efficiencies, we plan to maximize our resources for the benefit of all.



Both the Soundview Council and the Tacoma Executive Committee voted to “explore a merger” of our two Councils. At this point we have more questions than answers, so it will be the job of an appointed Merger Task Force to delve into the details. Over the coming year, this group will seek to answer vital questions, including:



  • How can we better serve our members?  
  • How can we increase opportunities for member involvement in training and programs?
  • How do we share staffing?
  • How does this impact our dues, with the goal of no increases?
  • What happens to current offices?


Obviously more questions will arise as we work through the process. The time is right for us to write our own script. We know our schools. We know our students. And we know our members deserve a strong, responsive advocate on their side. Whether you have a starring role, or you are working in the wings, it takes all of us, united and strong to create a hit! Follow our progress at in the coming months.