A teacher and coach at Von Stueben Middle School is the new president of Peoria District 150's teachers' union.
Scott Donahue was elected to the post this week.
Donahue now teaches 7th and 8th grade science and coaches girls volleyball and boys and girls soccer.
He'll be teaching part-time next school year because of his union duties. But Donahue says that will still be an advantage for him.
"We have many teachers who feel that's important," Donahue tells 1470 & 100.3 WMBD. "And, I feel it's important to be able to relate to what the teachers are going through."
Donahue says he'll continue to work toward collaboration between the union, the administration and the school board.
"There have been issues between us," says Donahue. "Our past president, Bob Darling, has been working with Dr. (Superintendent Grenita) Lathan and the board to try to work together for the benefit of our students."
"I'm hopeful I can continue that and even improve on it, if that's possible."
Among the issues is the never ending debate over more pay for teachers while the school district deals with millions of dollars in late state aid payments.
"I think in the upcoming months we'll be able to present some ideas possibly the administration and school board can look at toward increasing revenue."
"Hopefully, if they do that, that will help the situation."
Donahue succeeds Bob Darling, who one year shy of retirement, did not seek a third two-year term as president.
Donahue officially takes over during the next union leadership meeting next month.
The union local represents Peoria Public Schools' 1,100 teachers.