BURLINGAME – A new leadership team takes office today as Elk Grove kindergarten teacher E. Toby Boyd begins a two-year term as 56th president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association. Los Angeles elementary teacher David Goldberg becomes CTA vice president, and Santa Clarita AP US History, Economics and Government Teacher Leslie Littman becomes CTA Secretary-Treasurer. Boyd and Littman have both served recent terms on the CTA Board of Directors, and Goldberg has just completed two terms as CTA Secretary-Treasurer.
Boyd, 60, of Elk Grove in Sacramento County, draws on 23 years in public education as a teacher, MESA (Mathematic, Engineering, Science Achievement) advisor and elementary coordinator for Elk Grove Unified School District, and also served as the liaison between the school district and the universities involved with the program.
“I am humbled and proud to be the president of the California Teachers Association. For more than 150 years, CTA has been the leading voice across the state, in our communities and in Sacramento for the learning conditions of students and the working conditions of educators. We’re committed to protecting the dignity and civil rights of all,” Boyd said. “CTA has pushed California to lead the nation on so many key education issues like moving away from the misguided and inaccurate way of measuring success by using single test scores, to implementing a groundbreaking formula that more equitably funds our schools and to providing teacher-led professional development. Working in partnership with students, parents, elected leaders, community supporters and our labor partners, we will continue to fight for the public education all of California’s students need and deserve. Along with my fellow officers, Leslie and David, I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Goldberg, 47, has been an educator for more than 20 years spending most of his career as a bilingual teacher at Murchison Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
“I am excited about the opportunity to expand on building the movement for public education. Our students and fellow educators can count on us to stand with them in the fight for full and fair funding and against those corporate billionaires seeking to privatize public education,” said Goldberg. “Through the strong Red For Ed movement, we will continue to build on our power at school sites and communities to ensure they all have an equitable opportunity to succeed regardless of zip code.”
Littman, 50, of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County, has taught AP US History, Economics and Government at Hart High School in the William S. Hart Union High School District for 23 years.
“Providing a quality, public education, available to every child in America is an overwhelming responsibility. Our work provides economic mobility for students and strengthens our democracy. With this great responsibility, we the California Teachers Association, have a tremendous role to play,” said Littman. “I’m honored to serve as the next CTA Secretary-Treasurer and I look forward to working with Toby, David and the 325,000 educators who stand strong in our association.”