This Week at MCEA

May 06, 2024

May 6, 2024 

  1. Elect Our Next Bosses!  
  2. Urgent Call for Action: Tell the County Council that our Schools Need More!
  3. Tomorrow: Celebrate Chris Lloyd on National Teacher Appreciation Day
  4. ICYMI: May Representative Assembly (RA)
  5. Save the Date: President Martin Retirement Celebration, June 14
  6. National Board Interest Sessions: Registration Now Open!
  7. Celebrating Our Members: Gaithersburg HS Educator MCPS Teacher of the Year
  8. MSEA Casting Calls
  9. Upcoming Events from MSEA
  10. Summer Social Justice Conference and Heritage Programs

 1.Elect Our Next Bosses! 

Early voting is open now!  

Find an early voting place near you here and info on how to request and submit a mail-in ballot and more here. 

 Sign up here to pass out Apple Ballots during the critical last two days of early voting. 

 Sign up here to pass out Apple Ballots at the polls on election day – May 14!  

 Sign up here for canvassing opportunities! 


2. Urgent Call for Action: Tell the County Council that our Schools Need More! 

After months of pressure from our members and the community, the Education and Culture (E&C) Committee proposed an additional $49.5 million in critical funds to redress the shortfalls of the County Executive’s MCPS budget. However, these funds are not guaranteed, and still fall far short of what is truly needed to run and maintain a world class school system. And now there are signs that the full council will put cuts back in place. We implore our county council members to recognize the urgency of this matter and to take decisive action by fully funding the MCPS budget. Keep speaking out to our elected officials! 

You can help fight back against underfunding that negatively impacts our students and staff. Click here to demand that the county council fully fund our schools! 


3. Tomorrow: Celebrate Chris Lloyd on National Teacher Appreciation Day 

There will be a celebration to remember our past MCEA President and beloved colleague, Chris Lloyd, who passed away earlier this year. 

  • Host: Pamela Lloyd 
  • Date: May 7, 2024 
  • Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm 
  • Place: MCEA Conference Center, 12 Taft Court, Rockville 
  • RSVP here 


4. ICYMI: May Representative Assembly (RA) 

President Martin delivered a message during what marked the final RA of her term as MCEA president. Read her remarks here. 

 The MCEA Rep Council met on May 1st and your representatives elected Justin Fauntroy to fill the MCEA Director, at large seat, and Elyse Eisenberg to fill the MCEA Director, Elementary seat. We want to thank all candidates who ran for these positions. Twelve qualified and committed candidates ran for two seats. To see how close some of the races were, see the results below. 


MCEA Director, Elementary



Elyse Eisenberg 


Laura Sutter 


Ashlee Hewlett 


Alana Rigby 


MCEA Director, At Large 



Justin Fauntroy 


Brandy Reazer 


Emmett Tesler 


Stephanie Jones 


Jim Politis 


Heather Bond 


Nicholas George 


Simarjeet Sandhu 


MCEA Director, At Large Run Off 



Justin Fauntroy 


Brandy Reazer 



5. Save the Date: President Martin Retirement Celebration, June 14 

Join MCEA as we honor, and say farewell, to MCEA President Jennifer Martin. 

The celebration will take place on June 14, 2024, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at MCEA Headquarters, 12 Taft Court, Rockville. 

RSVP here. 


6. National Board Interest Sessions: Registration Now Open! 

Are you a reflective teacher and ready to go on a journey of professional growth to achieve National Board Certification (NBC)? Eligible teachers who hold NBC receive a yearly $10,000 salary supplement and those who teach in low performing schools receive an additional $7,000 stacked on top of the $10K. If you are at least in your third year of teaching right now and curious about beginning the NBC process in Fall of 2024, please be sure to attend an NBC information session. Visit the flyer for more information and to register on PDO.


7. MSEA Casting Calls 

MSEA is looking for student performing groups to potentially showcase their talent at future Fall RAs, including choirs, bands, dancing troupes, and other public school-based performance groups. If any such groups in your schools come to mind, please share information about them with Noreth Marquez Rico, [email protected].


8. Celebrating Our Members: Gaithersburg HS Educator MCPS Teacher of the Year 

Congratulations to English language development teacher Melissa Porter Parks is this years’ MCPS Teacher of the year! Read more about Porter Parks’ outstanding service here.


9. Upcoming Events from MSEA 

 Harmony in Action, Empowering Education through Policy and Practice (May 11): registration link here and event page link here.  

Educator Appreciation Day at MSEA Headquarters in Annapolis (June 8): learn more about this exciting event and all participating businesses making this day special here. 

2024 Summer Leadership Conference (July 23)—One Union, One Voice: We’re All in This Together—learn more about this event and register here. The deadline to register is June 24, 2024, additional information here. 

MSEA Day at Camden Yards (July 28): see event description here. 


10. Summer Social Justice Conference and Heritage Programs 

MCEA’s Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) invites you to an EOY Celebration on Thursday, June 6, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the MCEA Headquarters. Please  RSVP by June 3.  

NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice will be held in Philadelphia June 30-July 2, 2024. For more information and registration details, visit the NEA website. 

Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI). Visit NEA for instructional resources and information. 

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