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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

Keith Hommema, President

Carroll County Education Association has successfully advocated to improve employee compensation. The association has active building representatives and meets regularly with the Superintendent to discuss issues that impact educators and students.

FCEA LogoFloyd County

Stephanie Nelson, Treasurer

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. The Galax EA is working on a several policies this year. One of them is to lift the limit on the number of personal days that can be taken consecutively. Currently a teacher could potential have up to 5 personal days, but could only take 3 at a time. Another thing we are working on is to be awarded flex time to allow time worked on weekends, summer, extended hours, etc to count toward workdays or other scheduled time in the calendar.

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 is working toincrease employee compensation and funding for public schools in Giles County. Like the Giles Education Association on Facebook

GCEA Leaders Plan at the New River UniServ Leadership TrainingGrayson County

Deborah Greif, President

The Grayson County Education Association is a small group that is beginning to be more active. This year's goal was to get our staff caught up to their correct salary step (we were frozen several years ago and many are behind at least 4 steps). We’ve had several members join me this year in attending school board and board of supervisors meetings in order to accomplish our goal. Although we experienced misconceptions about what was to be written in our contracts, we stuck with the effort and ended up restoring 2 steps to our 20 year plus group and 1 restored step for the 15 - 19 year group, with the contracts rewritten to reflect this. This came with a promise to complete the restoration process this school year so everyone will be on their correct step. Our goal for the 18/19 school year is to make sure that promise holds true.

Our members fundraise yearly in order to finance the Carol Wheatley Memorial Scholarship which is given to a student going into the teaching profession. GCEA is making a difference!

MCEA Leadership at New Teacher BreakfastMontgomery County

Matthew Fentress, President

Good things are happening in Montgomery County! This year the salary scale has been corrected to align with teacher's years of experience. Each fall the MCEA holds a Celebration of Education with performances from schools, artwork and the Superintendent, School Board and other local elected officials in attendance. Members of the MCEA are active at the local and state level to advocate for our students and our colleagues. Like the MCEA on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @mceavea.

Pulaski Leaders at Lobby DayPulaski County

Lezley Wilson, President

The Pulaski County Edcuation Association is standing up for public education! PCEA was actively involved with the Just Build It Campaign to fund a new middle school. This advocacy paid off and PCEA President Lezley Wilson has addressed VEA local leaders about how to engage members and the community around the issue of public education. PCEA also is involved in their community and regularly sets up booths to read aloud to area students.

President Shannon KesslerRadford

Shannon Kessler, President

Radford Education Association has a proven track record of advocating for students and school employees. REA has spent the last year getting more involved with their local and school communities by helping out "The Book Lady" and sponsoring their first ever REA Writing Contest. REA plans to continue and strengthen this community involvement this upcoming school year by adding on a partnership with Bobcat Backpacks and more events within their organization. REA worked very closely with the school board, superintendent, and budget personnel to make strides in compensation and insurance increase relief. They look forward to keep that relationship strong to help make members' needs known in the future.Like them on Facebook@radfordedassociation