I’m Becky Rider, middle school band director in Vermillion. I am in my 29th year in the district and have been a VEA/SDEA member for all 29. I am a member because: 1. I think it’s important to participate in my professional organizations, and 2. I believe in the work SDEA does to support teachers and advance the cause of education in our state. As an association leader, I have influenced, created, and enforced policies in our negotiated agreement to the benefit of my fellow teachers. SDEA always has our backs!