UEU Leadership

Meet Our


 UEU Leaders!


Andy Crooks


     Andy Crooks is a Special Education Apprentice at ACERO Cruz.  He's been with the network for 2 1/2 years and involved with UEU almost that entire time.  Initially he got involved to help advocate for PSRPs generally, and Apprentices specifically.  He is driven by a desire to improve our schools by empowering all of our members inside their respective schools, as well as,  by encouraging active union involvement. He's happy to hear from members and work together to overcome the challenges we face.

His email is ueupresident@gmail.com 

VP of Elementary

Martha Baumgarten


    Martha is in her 5th year of teacher 5th grade at ACERO Fuentes. She loves seeing the "light bulb moment" when students grasp a new concept and is constantly astounded by how much she learns from her students (way more than she teaches them). Martha is always working to make sure her classroom is learner focused and learner led. Martha was a CTU member during the 2012 CPS strike and saw the amazing ways unions can empower teachers on the picket line. After that experience, she became passionate about union work. After a few years at UNO, she stepped into a building representative position and has never looked back! Union work is a way for her to impact positive change in what can be an overwhelming educational and political landscape and a delightful way to connect with other professionals outside of her building. 

 VP of High Schools

Jennifer Coker


Jennifer Coker works as a Special Education Teacher at Acero Victoria Soto High School.  She currently teaches the Life Skills Program, which helps students with special needs gain the skills they need to function independently.  She loves teaching and is passionate about creating equity in the classroom.  Giving a voice to those who are not being heard inspires her in both the classroom and in her union activities.  Jennifer was born into an active union home and knows the importance of a collective voice.  She became involved in the union to make sure the voices of teachers are heard and to make sure their rights are protected.  Jennifer served as part of the Campus Action Team and as the Bargaining  Representatives for Soto High School prior to becoming Vice President of High Schools. 


Daniria Dukes



Daniria Dukes is a Special Education Apprentice at Daniel Zizumbo campus. She has been with the network since 2011. Her love of Education and teaching began back in 2002 while serving as a summer intern with Chicago Public Schools. Since then, she has remained in the education field in some capacity. Daniria decided to get involved with the union because she felt that apprentices needed a bigger voice. Since she has always been one to express herself and fight for her beliefs and rights, it was only right to get involved with the union. Daniria ready to do all she can to make sure that our voices are heard. 


Erica Stewart



     Erica Stewart currently works at ACERO Sandra Cisneros Elementary School as a 5th grade teacher.  She is also the adviser for Student Council and Lead Volleyball Coach for Cisneros.  Erica served on the second UEU bargaining team and has been the Media Relations Specialist for UEU for the last year. Working relentlessly for the rights of others is at the heart of all that Erica does in her personal and professional life.  Erica grew up in a strong union family and strongly believes in the power of unity to improve schools for students and families as well as working conditions for both instructional and non-instructional staff members.  

She can be reached via email at ueumediarelations@gmail.com