Welcome to Our New Team

I hope each of you had the opportunity over the summer to find time to rest, relax, rejuvenate and spend quality time with those you love and care about. Each new school year brings joy, excitement and butterflies, not only to students, but to teachers as well. As teachers we are planning, creating, learning and working hard to prepare a classroom where students feel safe, inspired, valued, and challenged to become the best student/person that they can become. As president and part of your DEA leadership team presenting at the New Teacher’s Orientation, we were honored to welcome approximately 25 new teachers to our profession and to the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Each new teacher was presented with a special DEA cup full of goodies. Vice President Shawn Hume, Treasurer Betty Tran and Secretary Leah McCauley gave an informed presentation on how to become involved in DEA, the benefits associated with membership in both DEA and CTA, and who their site representatives are and what to do if they had questions or needed assistance. It is my hope that veteran members will seek out new teachers on their campus to get to know them and to support them over the course of this year. Remember, each of you are a part of a great organization that is here to provide support, guidance and leadership. Have a great year!


Respectfully in Unity, Darla Merrill

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Carissa Rice