Brandi Wilder is a school bus driver in Frederick County, where she’s paired older and younger students for Story Time on the Bus to build community and reinforce academic skills. She’s also very politically active, helping interview local candidates for her union’s Political Action Committee for Education and representing member concerns at school board and board of supervisor meetings. In addition, she co-chairs FCEA’s Education Support Professionals Committee and is one of eight county school employees appointed to a committee by the superintendent to share concerns and solutions with administration.
“She is a role model of involvement, leadership, and compassion,” says FCEA President Shaniqua Williams. “She safely transports students, organizes and provides holiday meals and gifts for families in need, helps distribute food for our students during the pandemic, and organizes networking events for her fellow ESPs.”
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