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Virtual CEA RA Continues Work of Association

As well as being CEA’s highest policy-making body, the CEA Representative Assembly (RA) is also usually a chance for teachers from across the state to meet up and converse with their fellow CEA members. This year’s RA was decidedly different.

Hundreds of CEA members, delegates to the 172nd CEA RA, logged in Friday night from computers in homes around the state.

An unusual CEA RA: Executive Director Don Williams, Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, and President Jeff Leake sit in the CEA boardroom, communicating with members via video conferencing software.

“We have a constitutional responsibility to hold an RA in May,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Circumstances forced us to do it virtually.”

“This year has been unlike any other,” said CEA Executive Director Donald Williams. “All of us have been put to the test in ways we could not have imagined.”
Keynote speaker and NEA Vice President Becky Pringle told members, “Thank you for your energy and activism; for stepping up to lead in this challenging time. It is amazing how you’ve stepped up right away—having food drives, car parades, calling students, and checking in on families.”

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Two Connecticut Teachers Receive Prestigious Awards for Teaching Excellence

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked is the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence.

Two educators from New London and Danbury were recognized before nearly 400 of their Connecticut colleagues for receiving two prestigious awards honoring educator excellence. CEA President Jeff Leake made the announcement at the CEA Representative Assembly last weekend.

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked was named the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence, which puts her in the running for a national award recognizing the year’s most outstanding educators.

Danbury teacher Luanelly Iglesias was recognized as the winner of NEA’s 2019 Human and Civil Rights George I. Sanchez Memorial Award honoring teachers who significantly advance equal opportunities for Hispanics. Read more

At Representative Assembly, CEA President’s Message Focuses on Strength in Solidarity, Diversity

The 171st CEA Representative Assembly continued Saturday morning, with nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance.


CEA President Jeff Leake addressed RA delegates highlighting the need for members to be #strongertogether in support of public education.

Addressing delegates as CEA president for the first time, veteran Cheshire teacher Jeff Leake urged teachers to continue the fight to protect students, public education, and the teaching profession; combat social and racial injustice; and grow, strengthen, and diversify their own ranks. Read more

Teachers Honored, Officers Elected at CEA RA

Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.


CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.

CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more

Teachers Elect New Leaders

In contested races, 428 teacher delegates elected a new president, Jeff Leake, and vice president, Tom Nicholas, to lead the Connecticut Education Association for the next three years. The election took place on May 19 at the 170th CEA Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The president and vice president’s three-year terms begin July 15.


Current CEA Vice President Jeff Leake and Treasurer Tom Nicholas were voted CEA President and Vice President at the CEA RA today.

In addition, in uncontested races, delegates elected directors to represent them on the NEA Board of Directors. Vernon teacher David Jedidian was elected NEA director, and Tara Flaherty, a teacher at Shepaug Valley School in Washington, was elected NEA director alternate. Their three-year terms begin September 1.

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