Tom Harriman has been a special education paraprofessional for 30 years at Lowell High School, escorting students into the community to help them develop independence and effective work habits.

Harriman has represented paras on the executive board of United Educators of San Francisco for 15 years, and serves on the CFT Special Education Committee. He stays abreast of local union resolutions, city and state politics.

“Whenever we need someone to lobby, Tom is ready, and he is one of our go-to paras when we need phone bankers,” said Carolyn Samoa, UESF vice president for paraprofessionals. “The only time he will say no is when it interferes with his students.”