United Teachers of Dade elects first Hispanic president

Karla Hernandez-Mats
Karla Hernandez-Mats Courtesy Photo

Karla Hernandez-Mats has become the first Hispanic to lead United Teachers of Dade.

Hernandez-Mats was elected president of the union on Wednesday with almost 58 percent of the vote, according to uncertified results.

Shortly after her win, Hernandez-Mats said she looks forward to heading the union – which represents teachers, security monitors and other school employees – as it moves into a busy election season both nationally and state-wide.

“We have to make sure we elect people who are pro-education because the struggle is real,” she said.

Hernandez-Mats previously served as secretary treasurer and will take over for Fedrick Ingram. Ingram was recently elected vice president of the state teachers union, the Florida Education Association.

Also elected to UTD on Wednesday: Antonio White, who will serve as first vice president, and Mindy Grimes-Festge, who will serve as secretary treasurer.

The new officers will be sworn in, in May. Just under 50 percent of UTD’s 14,000 members voted in Wednesday’s election, according to union spokesman Jason Joseph.

Christina Veiga: 305-376-2029, @cveiga