Aspiring Educators (College Students)



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    MNEA Aspiring Educators Program 
    Phone (314) 584-1302

    Patrick Layden
    Field Manager East 

    Sharon Fortner 
    Administrative Assistant

    Sarah Peskar
    MNEA-Student Chair

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    Aspiring Educators and ESP Conference

    Cancellation Announcement

    Missouri NEA’s highest priority is the health and safety of our members and staff. Thus, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, MNEA is canceling the Education Support Professionals and Aspiring Educators Conference Sat., April 4.

    Even though there is no reason to panic, MNEA feels we have a responsibility to prevent the spread of the virus by canceling this gathering.

    Please stay informed to help keep your schools and students safe. Read NEA Today’s Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know and follow the
    guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control.

    Aspiring Educators still attending college are just getting started on their career path. Get the training you need at this one-day conference. There is no need to miss a day school because this conference is on a Saturday. Easily drive in for the opening session beginning at 10 a.m.

    Saturday, April 4, 2020

    Hollywood Casino - St. Louis
    777 Casino Center Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63043


    9:00 a.m. – Registration

    10:00 a.m. – Opening Session

    10.30 a.m. – Things you didn’t learn in college

    Noon – Lunch in the Eat Up Buffet provided by MNEA

    1:00 p.m. – Degrees Not Debt

    2:00 p.m.– Break

    2:15 p.m.– Getting my first job

    3:00 p.m.– Closing Session

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    We are the present. We are the future. 

    The MNEA Aspiring Educators Program, an affiliate of the NEA Aspiring Educators program, is the leading voice for the next generation of educators. Over 50,000 members in 1,100 campus chapters across the nation belong to the program, which began as the Student National Education Association in 1937 and eventually became part of the National Education Association as the NEA Student Program. The new name "Aspiring Educators" reflects the passion, commitment, and vision of members who believe in public education and its potential to uplift individuals, families, and communities.

    Top reasons to join the MNEA- Aspiring Educators (College Students) 

    • Legal Protection you can count on. $4 million in damages and additional payment for legal fees for most civil and some criminal lawsuits arising out of job-related incidents and a free one-hour consultation with an attorney for personal legal matters. 
    • Email listservs allow you to communicate with your peers, get answers from experienced teachers and receive Works4Me, a weekly email with practical classroom tips.
    • Great opportunity to become a leader in your local, state & national associations.
    • Publications to assist you as you begin your career in education — Start Smart, a beginning teacher handbook; Salary Benchmarks & Rankings, a comparison of school district salaries in Missouri; Something Better, MNEA's award-winning magazine; Show Me Education, published by students for students; NEA Today and Tomorrow’s Teachers.
    • Big savings to more than 300,000 locations throughout the nation, state and community.
    • $20 rebate for every year you were an MNEA-Student member when you join MNEA after graduation.
    • Learn and grow with peers from across the state.
    • A voice at the Capitol representing children and public schools.
    • Jump start your teaching career.

    To join the MNEA Aspiring Educators Program, contact your campus MNEA chapter or join online.

    Support Our Students

    Missouri NEA is offering the chance for MNEA members to sponsor a future teacher and potential union member to help aspiring educators begin their careers with the benefits of MNEA membership. If you are interested in SOS program, contact MNEA at (314) 584-1302.

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