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Mission Statement of the Classified Council

The mission of the AFT Washington Classified Council is to advise and guide the executive board on classified issues by sharing knowledge and experience and to listen to and communicate with members to empower them to have a voice in their union, their workplace, and their communities.

Classified Conference 2020: The Backbone of Public Education

Every year the Classified Council of AFT Washington, made up of leadership from our Classified PreK-12 locals, host a professional development conference to celebrate the important work classified staff do to support public education in Washington state.

2017 Professional Development Conference for PreK-12 and Higher Ed Members

Registration is closed for our annual professional development conference for classified members which will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 8:30 AM to 2 PM at Giaudrone Middle School, 4902 So. Alaska St., Tacoma.

Another Good Turnout for Classified Conference

A record 88 classified members attended this year’s professional development conference on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Tacoma. The theme was "Fighting Forward, Making a Difference Every Day."


Workshops were held on anger and conflict management, early brain development and the impact of trauma, how to distinguish gripes from grievances, responding to challenging behaviors in at-risk youth, and working with children who have autism. [read more and see photos of the conference]

AFT National PSRP Information and Resources

The Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers represents more than 360,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities throughout the country. These jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles. To find out more, check out AFT's PSRP website.

Classified Locals

We represent classified members in PreK-12 and higher education in the following locals:

  • AFT Kent Classified Local 6344
  • AFT Renton Local 6367
  • AFT Renton Technical College Classified Local 6421
  • Clover Park Technical College Classified Local 4789
  • Federation of Head Start Employees Local 6153
  • Lake Washington Federation of College Classified Local 4787
  • Sno-Isle Vocational Skills Center Federation Local 4087
  • Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators Local 461
  • United Classified Workers Union Local 4795

AFT's "Share My Lesson" an Excellent Resource for School Employees

Share My Lesson is a place where anyone who works with students—inside or outside of schools—can come together to share their very best resources. This free platform gives access to high-quality resources and provides an online community where educators and parents can collaborate with, encourage, and inspire each other. It is for:

  • A food service worker who wants to share or find best resources on nutrition.
  • An early childhood educator who has or wants great activities for very young students.
  • A classroom paraprofessional with ideas on how to work with individual students and small groups.

To join Share My Lesson, go to AFT's website at

Current Classified Council Representatives

As of 02/01/20

Diane Hollstrom, Chair (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Kathy Unruh (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Susan Zeimantz (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Todd Evans  (AFT Renton Classified)
Beth DeCou (AFT Renton Classified)
Wynne Arriola (United Classified Workers)
Kristine Bengochea (United Classified Workers)
Nanette Connor (United Classified Workers)
Mindi Bliss (Federation of Head Start Employees)
Darren Garrett (AFT Kent Classified)
Heidi Davis (Lake Washington Institute of Tech. Classified)
Lili Cutler  (Clover Park TC Classified)


The Classified Council meets the first Saturday of the month (unless rescheduled) during October through June each year. If you are interested in joining the Classified Council, please contact Anna-Marie at 206-475-8775 or