2020 OESPA Candidate Statements

Robin Bolton (Candidate -Secretary/Treasurer)

My name is Robin Bolden and I am a proud Education Support Professional (ESP). I am a Behavior Tech at Rock Springs Elementary in Apopka. I am running for Secretary/Treasurer of our union. I am extremely active in our union activities. I am running for this leadership position to represent our members with pride, respect, honesty, and dignity. I am the OESPA steward at Rock Springs Elementary and I served our members as a steward at Gotha Middle. As your Secretary/Treasurer I can promise that I will be in attendance at all meetings and events you will see my face and know my heart. I believe in the working class and I believe in every job family represented in our school district. The Pathway to Dignity was created for all ESP’s to stand together for our rights as educators. I hope that you all will vote Bolden 2020.


Sophia Pollard (Candidate – FEA Governance)

Greetings OESPA,

I’m Sophia Pollard and I’m seeking the Governance Board seat representing OESPA in our state organization FEA.  This position requires someone with experience with FEA as decisions are made at the state level that effect your representation in the local level.  Don’t leave it for chance to someone who has never participated in any decision making before within your Union.  I have led your organizing committee for the past year as well as being an active OESPA Steward serving Apopka High School.  Make the right choice and vote Sophia Pollard as your governance board representative.
Thank you!!
Bruce McCray (Candidate – FEA Governance)

Former Teacher’s Experience

Goldsboro Elementary School: (Fourth Grade Teacher, Behavior Specialist, Head Basketball Coach and Vice President PTSA, four years).

Millennium Middle School: (Geography Teacher, Head Track Coach, Head Boys–Girls Basketball Coach and served on the Building Committee.

Lake Brantley High School: (ESE Teacher, Assistant Girls Volleyball Coach, JV Boys Basketball Coach and served on the School Advisory Council (SAC).

Bonneville Elementary, Lawton Chiles Elementary and Winter Park High School: (Paraprofessional, Afterschool program Assistant Director and Basketball Coach). Current Classified Position

University High School: (Program Assistant, Head Coach Freshman Boys basketball and Assistant Basketball Coach boys Varsity team five years).

Achievements: (Honorable Mention All-American,; Central Florida Basketball Player of the Year, All State Basketball Player Seminole High School. Youth Minister, Carter CME Church)

Platform: (My Goal is to lobby on behalf of the OCPS Classified employees to serve them in the area where it is hard for us to

Ronald Pollard stands in front of the a blue and white OESPA banner
President Ronald Pollard

Blessings OESPA
As your OESPA President I am excited about the opportunity  continue the amazing success that we’ve enjoyed this last year and I want you to be excited about it too. We continue to bargain for better salaries and working conditions and most of all respect for all of our support staff. Thank you for your support.

Ron Pollard
OESPA president



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Florina Mitchell (Unopposed Candidate – Director of Clerical)

My Name is Florina Mitchell. I have been with the union for eight years. During my time as a union member, I have been vice-president and Director of Paras. Since then I have transition to the front office as Attendance/Record Clerk. Now, I am running for Director Clerical. I will have the pleasure of working with our Vice President of secretary/clerical. To clear up some misunderstanding, things that’s going on in our schools. We cannot do this without your help. I will do my best to be there for our union. Thank you for your support.

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