Sean M. Spiller’s path to the classroom and to union leadership is not the typical story of a youngster who dreamed throughout his childhood of becoming a teacher. His future could have taken any one of several paths: sports writer, professional hockey player, editor, biologist or psychologist.
But having a mother who was a teacher in Jamaica and a grandfather who was a pivotal and historic figure in the New Zealand’s union movement likely meant that education and union leadership were already imprinted on his DNA.
Spiller’s journey to the classroom and association leadership traverses a hockey rink and a high-pressure newsroom and features a host of mentors who knew his potential.
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