My name is Jeremy Zuniga; I am a 12th year history teacher at Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, currently serving as your AMU President. I am the son of a Mexican-American father and a German-Irish mother. I grew up in Northwest Colorado and am a lifelong supporter of organized labor. My father was a member of the Teamsters during his thirty-year career as a driver for UPS and my mother was a member of United Food and Commercial Workers during her career at various grocery stores in Colorado. When I was fifteen years old, I joined my mother and her friends on the picket line while I was on summer vacation. I am married to an immigrant from Nicaragua and have lived in Los Angeles for eighteen years.
I have an Associate in Arts Degree from Colorado Mountain College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University.
During my years teaching with Green Dot I have worked at the Locke Launch to College Academy, Locke One and Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School. I have served as a site rep at both Locke and Oscar De La Hoya, as well as AMU’s calendar committee, evaluation committee and bargaining committee. For the past two years I have served on AMU’s Executive Board as Treasurer and Vice-President. For the last eleven and half years I have worked as a fulltime teacher in Green Dot’s classrooms and I understand the daily challenges and rewards that come from working at our schools. I have immersed myself in AMU over the last four years because after serving as a Grade Level Lead at Oscar De La Hoya I realized the only true way to make an impact at my school and organization wide was to get involved with my union!
Having recently assumed the Presidency I bring a vast amount of experience, both in the classroom and within AMU. I have seen the slow but steady change over the years that have not been what is best for our teachers, counselors and students. Between an evaluation system that is still not sustainable and the loss of teacher autonomy I believe that it is time to return Green Dot back to the unique and forward-thinking organization it once was.
As your President I will work tirelessly to continue to implement the transparency and honesty that my predecessor put into place and build upon it. As your President I am available to visit your school anytime you need me. I will make it a point to visit every school multiple times per year to make myself available before school, during lunch and after school. Please check the Presidents calendar on a daily basis to see what I am up to. AMU is fortunate to have a full-time release President and I want every member to know how hard I am working for them.