New River UniServ

Matthew Fentress,

New River UniServ President

Welcome to our new New River UniServ Chair, Matthew Fentress! Matthew has served on the New River UniServ board for the past five years as President of the Montgomery County Education Association. He is looking forward to working with locals in our UniServ Unit to build membership and advocate for students, educators, and public education. 

Matthew is married to fellow teacher, our MCEA Treasurer, Crystal Fentress.  He has 3 children in the Montgomery County School System.  Matthew teaches fifth grade at Kipps Elementary School.  He is also a member of the VEA Fitz Turner Commission. 


Being a member of our union, the VEA gives you a voice.  As Matthew stated, "the upcoming school year may hold challenges, but I have fiath in our ability to continue to advocate and do what is in the best interests of our students.  We need to stand together as education professionals." 

Do you have a member we should shine the spotlight on? E-mail and let us know!

Why Join New River UniServ?

Would you like to have voice in decision making within your local school system?

As a member of the VEA, you have a VOICE! The structure of the Virginia Education Association is designed to get input from members. If you have a concern contact your building representative, local president,.or the UniServ office. Better yet, attend a local meeting to share your concerns or ideas with colleagues.

Do you want to be part of a community of educators advocating for their students and one another?

Local leaders attend and speak at school board meetings, advocate for better funding from Town Councils and Board of Supervisors, and lobby the legislature via the VEA cyberlobby program and by meeting in person with members of the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate. Local presidents also meet with superintendents to discuss faculty and staff concerns regarding our schools.

Are you interested in growing as an educator?

The VEA offers an Instructional Conference each fall and summer programs such as Reggie Smith in Richmond. Also, New River UniServ offers our own Issues in Education Series. These professional development opportunities are offered at little or no cost to members and provide recertification points.

Do you want someone to have your back?

You work everyday to make sure that your students have the best possible education. Isn’t it time you had someone to stand up for you the way you stand up for your students? If you have an issue on the job, the New River UniServ office will be there for you to offer guidance, advice, and even legal representation under certain circumstances.

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ESP Leadership Conference


VEA's annual ESP Leadership Conference is set to go virtually and will cover topics from legal issues and furlough concerns to collective bargaining and racial and social justice. 

Location: Virtual Conference

October 9-10