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Local Education Associations

New River UniServ is an affiliate of the Virginia Education Association representing educators in Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties and the cities of Galax and Radford. If you are interested in joining the VEA or becoming more involved contact your local president.

Carroll County New Teacher boothCarroll County

Sheila Sousa, President

Carroll County Education Association has successfully advocated to improve employee compensation. This year there will be a step increase and 3% salary increase for all employees. Also, there will be no increased cost for insurance. The association has acctive building representatives and meets regularly with the Superintendent to discuss issues that impact educators and students.

FCEA LogoFloyd County

Alice Hardin, President

The Floyd County Education Association has been actively working on compensation. FCEA leadership regularly attends School Board and Board of Supervisor's Meetings. Sometimes FCEA members even meet beforehand for a delicious Mexican dinner!Keep up with the FCEA on Facebook.

GEA leaders at the leadership retreatGalax

Elizabeth Stringer, President

Galax Education Association is a small, but very active and successful local. Each month, we offer free professional development opportunities for members. We also have a Books for Babies program which gives a free book in English or Spanish to every baby born in Twin County Regional Hospital to promote early literacy. We give a scholarship each year to a future educator. We have prepared and served food in the local soup kitchen. We have collected needed supplies for the local homeless shelter. We also work closely with our Superintendent and School Board to ensure a positive working environment for employees. We have successfully lobbied for raises, sick bank policies, dental insurance programs, and increased personal day roll-over policies.

Giles County Leaders and VEA President Meg GruberGiles County

Sonya Meekins, President

The Giles Education Association is very active in their community! In the fall, they hosted a Put Kids First Rally to advocate for students, educators and public education. Their advocacy was recognized at the state level. GCEA advocated to eliminate the years of experience cap for educators who transfer to Giles. They held an all member picnic in May. Like the Giles Education Association on Facebook

GCEA President Becky Absher and Vice President Pam DeBord at VEA ConventionGrayson County

Rebecca Absher, President

The Grayson County Education Assocation represents and advocates for teachers, principals, education support professionals, and students at seven schools in Grayson County, Virginia. The GCEA is 68 members strong. Our members fundraise yearly in order to finance the Carol Wheatly Memorial Scholarship. With the help of GCEA leadership, our county now has the opportunity to join the other edcucators and school districts in a state wide insurance plan. The GCEA advocated for a grievance procedure for all ESP's, and proposed an increase in personal days from two to three. GCEA representatives from each school meet monthly to discuss the concerns of the local educators, needs of the students in each school, and meetings of the Grayson County School Board. President Rebecca Absher meets regularly with superintendent Kelly Wilmore to ensure that the association and school board work together the create an effective local educational environment for both students and teachers. Our monthly meetings are at a local restaurnat called Ciro's in Independence, VA at 4:30. Please follow the GCEA for regular updates of meetings and issues on FaceBook. GCEA is making a difference!

MCEA Leadership at New Teacher BreakfastMontgomery County

Matthew Fentress, President

Good things are happening in Montgomery County! Their new Superintendent recommended salary changes based on an Evergreen study to bring teachers back to years of experience and bring support staff salaries to market value. Like the MCEA on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @mceavea.

Pulaski Leaders at Lobby DayPulaski County

Lezley Wilson, President

Pulaski County Education Association has been working to repair employee salary scales. PCEA also is involved in their community and regularly sets up booths to read aloud to area students.

President Jenny Zienius and Vice President Heather RowlandRadford

Jennifer Zienius, President

Radford Education Association has a proven track record of advocating for students and school employees. They regularly attend school board meetings and are politically active at the local level. Radford's PAC has helped many "Friends of Education" be elected to the School Board and Town Council.