The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Teachers Association (SELTA) was formed in the 1930's.  Originally, SELTA consisted of all certified personnel including administrators and classroom teachers.  During the 1960's, the classroom teacher component became increasingly interested in improving the job security, pay, and terms and conditions of employment through the process of collective bargaining. As interest in this increased, administrators withdrew from SELTA and SELTA became an organization of certified teaching personnel.  This was a common trend at the time with many teacher organizations at the state and national levels.

Throughout the 1970's, SELTA bargained collectively with the Board of Education, which, for the purpose of collective bargaining, was represented by school administrators and outside legal counsel. Negotiations during this period were often characterized by tension as both sides adjusted to the process of collective bargaining. Eventually, on April 1, 1984, Ohio's Public Employee Bargaining Law took effect legally ordaining the process of collective bargaining, and the parties accepted that bargaining was here to stay.

Throughout the 1990's and up to the present, the bargaining process has evolved and been refined. Negotiations have been conducted in a professional manner and the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Teachers Association has never been on strike. In fact, the closest calls came during the late 70's and early 80's when there was great resistance to the process of collective bargaining.

Today, SELTA focuses on many issues including issues of a professional nature. SELTA representatives participate in new teacher training, curriculum advisory committees, the District Leadership Team and the like. SELTA is concerned with being certain that every student has an excellent teacher and that every teacher has the material, supplies, and support necessary to deliver the best possible education to our students. SELTA supports many student activities and annually awards financial scholarships to graduating students selected on the basis of academic performance, leadership, and character. In recent years, SELTA has strengthened its relationships with the communities of South Euclid and Lyndhurst, as SELTA continues to serve our teaching staff, our students, and our communities.

For a list of SELTA Presidents from 1936 to present
click here.

President: Deborah Cassidy
Deborah Cassidy has been SELTA President since 2007, previously serving as vice president, Brush unit officer and building representative, and as a member of several bargaining teams. She has taught Social Studies at Brush since 1988 and has been Department Coordinator since 1992. Deb holds a Master of Education from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Indiana University. Deb is a 1979 Brush grad!

Vice President: Thomas Bennett
Thomas Bennett has been SELTA Vice President since 2007, previously serving as a building representative and unit officer at Brush, as editor of the newsletter, and as a member of recent bargaining teams. He has taught English at Brush High School since 1994, where he also was an intern. Tom holds a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Humanities from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Duke University. His primary interests include literature, philosophy, travel, and sailing.

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South Euclid - Lyndhurst Teachers Association
5010 Mayfield Road
Suite 100
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124

Tel: 216-382-4407
Fax: 216-382-4394