Louis Malfaro, who had served as the Texas American Federation of Teachers secretary-treasurer since 2010, was named president of the statewide teachers union by Texas AFT’s Executive Council in a meeting on January 24. Malfaro replaces Linda Bridges, who died on January 13. The Executive Council also approved the selection of John O’Sullivan to replace Malfaro as secretary-treasurer. O’Sullivan had served in that position before his retirement in 2010. An election for both officer positions will be held at the 2015 Texas AFT Convention in June.
Malfaro began his teaching career in Austin ISD in 1987 at Blackshear Elementary, where he taught bilingual education. The school had been designated by the district as one of 16 “priority” campuses for focusing on academic improvement. More than 95 percent of the students were low-income with a high percentage of English language learners. While he expected a “priority” school to be staffed with veteran teachers, Malfaro found himself surrounded by other beginning teachers with little to no guidance or support. Read More