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Delegates to the Representative Assembly Take Action on Key Issues

CEA President Sheila Cohen addressed delegates to the 2016 CEA Representative Assembly.

CEA President Sheila Cohen addressed delegates to the 2016 CEA Representative Assembly.

In an inspiring speech delivered to delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly (RA) this weekend, CEA President Sheila Cohen highlighted the need for the Association to help members connect the disconnect between their potential misconceptions about the union and the realities of the union’s mission, values, and accomplishments.

Cohen said that CEA leaders regularly engage in dialogue with members and that CEA conducts polls and focus groups to ensure the Association is meeting members’ needs.

“We connect the disconnect when we take ownership that requires us to believe in the possibility that we are able to create a better future for our affiliates, our communities, our members, and our students,” Cohen said. Read more

CEA Members Vote in New Secretary, Reelect Treasurer

CEA President Sheila Cohen introduced newly reelected CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas.

CEA President Sheila Cohen introduced newly reelected CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas.

Nearly 400 delegates representing members in CEA’s 159 local affiliates voted on new business items, adopted Association policies, and elected a new CEA secretary, CEA treasurer, and Ethnic Minority Director At-Large at the CEA Representative Assembly in Hartford today.

Current CEA Treasurer and Manchester school social worker Tom Nicholas ran unopposed and was declared elected to a three-year position as treasurer.

Newly elected CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer.

Newly elected CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer.

Stephanie Wanzer was elected to a three-year term as CEA Secretary with 192 votes to Elaine Gencarelli’s 120 votes. Wanzer is a special education teacher for Cooperative Educational Services.

Bridgeport math teacher Mia Dimbo ran unopposed and was declared elected CEA Ethnic Minority Director At-Large.

Also in budget action today, delegates voted unanimously to approve the $22 million budget with a five dollar dues increase for CEA members next year.

Mia Dimbo was elected CEA Ethnic Minority Director At-Large.

Mia Dimbo was elected CEA Ethnic Minority Director At-Large.

Teachers from Around the State Gather in Hartford to Decide CEA Policy

West Hartford teachers are all ready for the CEA RA.

West Hartford teachers are ready for the CEA RA, which begins tonight.

The CEA Representative Assembly (RA)—CEA’s highest policy-making body—will soon be underway at the Hartford Convention Center. Today and tomorrow nearly 400 CEA members, elected as delegates from CEA’s 159 local affiliates, will take action to decide Association policies.

Delegates will adopt CEA’s fiscal-year budget that supports strategic objectives, programs, and services for members. They will also elect a new CEA Treasurer, CEA Secretary, and an Ethnic Minority Director At-Large.

Bold Action on Excessive Testing Shows Teachers’ Commitment to Children

CEA President Sheila Cohen was re-elected to a second three-year term as CEA President at the 2015 CEA Representative Assembly.

CEA President Sheila Cohen was re-elected to a second three-year term as CEA President at the 2015 CEA Representative Assembly.

Teacher leaders from across the state took decisive action today to strengthen the organization’s position on the right of parents to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized tests and re-elect CEA President Sheila Cohen and Vice President Jeff Leake overwhelmingly.

The motion on opting out was unanimously adopted by teachers who were delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly (CEA RA), the highest policymaking body of the Association.

Jeff Leake was re-elected as  CEA Vice President at the 2015 CEA RA.

Jeff Leake was re-elected as CEA Vice President at the 2015 CEA RA.

Nearly 470 delegates cast votes today. Cohen (335 votes) had ben challenged by Glastonbury teacher Martin Walsh (125 votes). Leake (304 votes) had been challenged by Glastonbury teacher Scott Minnick (161 votes).

CEA has long supported the right of parents to make critical decisions about their children’s education. Today’s vote goes a step further by putting the full weight the CEA RA behind that position and providing great detail about teachers’ objectives in ensuring less testing and more learning in Connecticut public schools.

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Teacher of the Year Says Best Evidence of Good Teaching is Found in the Hearts and Minds of Students

Cromwell teacher and CT's 2013 Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger spoke to CEA members Friday night at the CEA Representative Assembly.

Cromwell teacher and CT’s 2013 Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger spoke to CEA members Friday night at the CEA Representative Assembly.

“What all of us teach is understanding. Understanding of the world around us and the people in it,” Connecticut Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger told delegates at the CEA Representative Assembly Friday night.

Messinger, a former actor, both amused and inspired the nearly 400 educators.  The Cromwell fifth-grade teacher encouraged educators to focus on their job—making a difference in children’s lives—rather than the tasks that have to be done but can sometimes overshadow the work that is ultimately more important.

Watch excerpts from Messinger’s speech below or here.

Teachers from Around the State Gather to Decide CEA Policy

CEA President Sheila Cohen convened the 2013 CEA RA tonight in Cromwell.

CEA President Sheila Cohen convened the 2013 CEA RA tonight
in Cromwell.

Nearly 400 CEA members are gathered this weekend for the CEA Representative Assembly (RA), which is underway tonight in Cromwell.  The CEA RA is CEA’s highest policy-making body. Today and tomorrow delegates – elected from CEA’s more than 160 local affiliates – are taking action to decide Association policies.

Some highlights from tonight include a speech by 2013 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger, the presentation of the CEA Friend of Education Award to long-time, recently retired CEA attorney Ron Cordilico, and a look back at the Bridgeport teachers’ strike. CEA President Sheila Cohen thanked the dedicated Bridgeport educators whose actions helped bring about Connecticut’s binding arbitration law.

Stay tuned Monday for full details from the CEA RA.

Teachers Elected to Leadership Positions at 162nd Representative Assembly

Over 400 teachers attended CEA’s 162nd Representative Assembly this weekend in Cromwell.  The Representative Assembly is CEA’s highest policymaking body and is attended by elected teacher delegates from CEA’s local affiliates.

At this year’s Representative Assembly, delegates elected leaders to the positions of treasurer, secretary, and ethnic minority directors at-large.

Jeff Leake Re-Elected Treasurer

Jeff LeakeJeff Leake, a Cheshire middle school teacher, has been re-elected to a second three-year term as treasurer.  He received 239 votes and Pomperaug teacher Maureen Honan received 200.

Leake, who begins his second term as treasurer August 1, will continue to chair the CEA Finance Committee and work with this committee of CEA members to formulate and monitor the Association’s annual budget. Prior to being elected to his first term as treasurer in 2007, Leake represented New Haven County teachers as a member of the CEA Board of Directors.

A Cheshire teacher for more than 30 years, Leake currently is a technology specialist for the Cheshire Public Schools. He is a member of the Education Association of Cheshire (EAC), and has served in numerous EAC leadership positions over the years, including vice president and president.

In addition to his work on the CEA Finance Committee, Leake also serves on the board of the Connecticut Education Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization formed by CEA to operate several charitable funds. One of the funds aids needy children, another assists teachers who face special financial hardships, and two others provide scholarships to future teachers.

In his district, Leake has served on two technology committees, a strategic goals committee, and math and science curriculum revision committees. He has a special interest in promoting high quality professional development for all teachers.

He resides in Cheshire.

Cheryl Prevost Re-Elected Secretary

Cheryl PrevostCheryl Prevost, a middle school teacher in East Hartford, was re-elected to a three-year term as secretary.  She received 222 votes and Patricia Jordan, a Waterford math teacher, received 215.

As CEA secretary, Prevost oversees the preparation and maintenance of all CEA governing records, policies, meeting minutes, and other pertinent documents.

An education technology teacher at the East Hartford Middle School, Prevost has served as CEA secretary for the past four years. She begins her new term August 1.

Prevost is a member of the East Hartford Education Association (EHEA), and during the past 21 years she served East Hartford teachers in a variety of EHEA leadership roles, including president.

Prevost was appointed CEA secretary in 2006 to fill a vacancy. She was elected to her first three-year term in 2007. Prior to serving as secretary, she represented Hartford County teachers on the CEA Board of Directors for eight years.

In addition to her duties as CEA secretary, Prevost chairs the Connecticut Advisory Council for Teacher Professional Standards, and represents CEA on the Connecticut Commission for Education Technologies. She also serves on the board of directors of the Connecticut Educators Computer Association (CECA) and has been a mentor and cooperating teacher in her district.

Prevost has chaired accreditation committees of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) at her school as well as serving on several NEASC visiting committees throughout New England. NEASC is the regional accrediting association that establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-k to doctorial.

Prevost resides in Glastonbury.

Edgar Roca, Brenda Key, Linda Lew-Roca Will Fill Minority Director At-Large Positions

Elections also occurred at the CEA Representative Assembly to fill two Ethnic Minority Directors At-Large seats on the CEA Board of Directors for three-year terms. No election was required for the third position for an interim one-year term since it was uncontested.

Edgar Roca, a high school Spanish teacher at Valley Regional High School in Regional School District #4, and Brenda Key, an elementary teacher at Duffy School in West Hartford, received the two highest votes in a three-way race for the two three-year positions. Roca received 362 votes and Key received 232 votes.

Faith Sweeney, an elementary teacher at the Hamilton Avenue School in Greenwich, was also a candidate for one of the three-year positions. She received 224 votes.

Linda Lew-Roca, a teacher at the West Side Middle School in Groton, was uncontested for election to the interim position. She was declared elected by acclamation on Friday evening.

Lew-Roca was appointed by the CEA Board of Directors in January to fill a vacancy as one of the board’s Ethnic Minority Directors At-Large until an election could be held at the CEA RA to fill the remaining year of the three-year term.

The CEA Constitution requires that members of ethnic minorities comprise at least 10 percent of the directors who serve on the CEA Board of Directors. When the percentage falls below 10 percent, additional directors must be elected at the CEA RA to ensure appropriate ethnic minority representation on the CEA Board.

Offices Filled at 2009 CEA Representative Assembly

Nearly 500 delegates attended the 161st CEA Representative Assembly (RA) Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell.  Phil Apruzzese was re-elected to a second term as president and Sheila Cohen was re-elected to a second term as vice president.

Delegates heard from three possible gubernatorial candidates: State Senator Gary LeBeau, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, and Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.