Nevine Tita has only been IEU rep at Green Valley Islamic College since January, but in that time she’s encouraged 19 people to join the IEU.
The kindergarten teacher took on the rep’s role because she was friends with the previous incumbent, and because her colleagues had encouraged her to take it on.
“I am a ‘take the bull by the horns’ person. If I don’t do it who else will?
“There’s been a lot of changes and some issues at school. It was time for a new voice. I was thinking of the future for myself and all my colleagues.”
Nevine said gaining the trust of everyone at the school, teachers and support staff, had enabled her to success as a rep.
“We have nearly 100% IEU membership among support staff at this school.
“They feel able to trust me and ask me anything.
“I think any rep needs to gain the trust of the staff and people need to know they can be taken at their word. Getting a good rapport is important.”
Nevine was a first time attendee at IEU’s June Council, where she said hearing how reps from other schools dealt with their issues was “very interesting”.