PSEA is a community of education professionals who make a difference in the lives of students every day.
Phoenixville EA member John Odell is in his second successful career after 24 years with the Army.
Pennsylvania’s public schools should be the safest and healthiest places for students to learn and grow. To make sure they are, we need the most qualified teachers, teaching assistants, school nurses, counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
PSEA is committed to making changes aimed at protecting everyone who works and learns in our schools.
PSEA is focusing its work in 2020 on policy priorities intended to tackle Pennsylvania’s educator shortage, attract more people of color to teaching, and ensure that all students have access to caring educators, teaching assistants, nurses, counselors, school psychologists, and social workers.
“Students benefit from having talented professionals at school who know them and their communities well. We want to work collaboratively with policymakers from both parties to ensure the next generation of Pennsylvanians are successful. That means tackling the educator shortage head-on so that more school districts are able to attract and retain high-quality professionals to work with students at all levels.” - Rich Askey
Congratulations to Joseph Welch, who has been named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year! Welch, who teaches American History at North Hills Middle School, in in Allegheny County, beat out 11 other finalists for this year’s title.
Nominations for the Teacher of the Year can come from students, parents, peers, or any member of the community who wants to recognize a PA teacher for his or her extraordinary contribution to education in our state.
As Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year, Welch will travel the state, meet, and collaborate with other educators, and will represent the commonwealth in next year’s National Teacher of the Year competition.
“No one knows the challenges in public education better than PSEA members. We listened to what members had to say. And we found that getting more teaching assistants, school counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers into our schools, addressing student loan debt, and attracting more people of color to the profession are top priority issues.” - PSEA President, Rich Askey
The plan is to make sure that Pennsylvanians are aware of these challenges and then to collaborate with policymakers to solve them.
PSEA’s 2020 policy priorities reflect the feedback of members who work directly with students in our public schools every day.
“No one knows the challenges in public education better than the educators and support professionals who work with students every day. We listened to what they had to say, and now we want to engage with lawmakers to find solutions to these challenges.”
- Rich Askey
2020 Education Policy Priorities