Real Stories

Behind every public pension is a real firefighter, teacher, road worker, librarian, or other public employee who keeps our communities safe and prospering.

By sharing their stories, these public employees bring to life their experiences, highlighting the important roles they play in our everyday lives.

Kristin Goodwin

The role of a School Counselor has drastically changed from when it first started. In the past it has been mostly helping students with their post-secondary planning, whether that be going into the workforce or to higher education. But that is a small portion of my job here, most of it is…

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Leighton Vanderburgh

I was brought into this position trying to provide for my family, and I left the private sector for the benefits and the pension…

Becca Davison

I feel like, as an educator, my role in the community is to help shape the next generation…

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Savannah Goodpasture

I am a fifth-generation educator, and all generations have been here in Kansas. Since I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a kid, I have known that the pay…

Ralph Theissen

The community that’s built with kids… It’s such a gratifying, gratifying feeling. I think there’s nothing more important than that…

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Rick Meeth

Many that get into public service like my field, public education, but also firefighters, also people that work in the corrections department, that work in sanitation or any public area, we don’t get in it to get rich. We choose this career because it’s a good…

Laura Adams

Modest means – that’s where I come from. For years, I’ve heard stories about my great grandparents. My great-grandfather was a farmer and my great-grandmother was a teacher. When my great-grandfather was unable to work the farm any longer, he …

Susan Nicol

I live in Madison, Wisconsin and I am an RN Patient and Family Educator and a certified Diabetes Educator at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.  I’ve had the privilege of working for the hospital for over twenty years. I became …

Shawn Connors

When I left a higher-paying private sector engineering job to become a Pennsylvania public school teacher 18 years ago, I knew I would be trading money for the priceless opportunity to inspire students and help them achieve their dreams. I …

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Alan Gordon

Imagine if your governor was threatening your retirement security as a campaign issue. That’s exactly what’s happening in Pennsylvania. I’ve been a caseworker in the Department of Welfare in Delaware Country Pennsylvania for 24 years, helping Pennsylvanians who have next …

Paula Ready

My name is Paula Ready and I have served as a Child Support Case Worker in San Bernardino County for the past 18 years. My job hits close to home – my youngest son is autistic. As a single mother, …

Gwendolyn Beasley

For more than three decades, I served the City of Detroit as a clerk at the public library. In October of 1992, I won the “Employee of the Month” award, and in 1999, I received the “General Employees Merit” award. …

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Do you have a story to share about your experiences in the public sector and the importance of your pension? Your story could inspire others and shed light on the importance of ensuring retirement benefits for public servants. Fill out the form below to share your story with us:

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