What is PSEA? We are 180,000 members – members who stick up for each other, support each other, and speak out when they need to.
Meet just a few of the dedicated men and women who make PSEA strong, and who make a difference in the lives of Pennsylvania students every day.
Learn how you can join us.
Meet Mallory Piercy
Mallory Piercy is making strides as the PSEA-PACE chair of Student PSEA.
Piercy, a junior, is a secondary education English major and political science minor at Clarion University. And she sees the impact that politics has on her future career. Now, she wants to make sure other aspiring educators are aware, too.
She's using her leadership position in Student PSEA to boost communications with fellow members and encourage them to use their voices to advocate for public education.
"It's extremely important that as aspiring educators, we are aware of upcoming education policy and can advocate for or against it, because it will impact us and our students as soon as we become teachers," she said.
Cole has been a certified school nurse in the Penncrest School District, Crawford County, for 34 years. She currently serves as CSN for two of the district's schools, Cambridge Springs High School and Cambridge Elementary School.
She also mentors college nursing students, new CSNs, and health room technicians; encourages high school students to consider nursing as a career; and coordinates student health fairs, immunization clinics, and the Concussion Management Team.
"I'm so honored to think that my fellow certified school nurses would think that highly of me,'' Cole said. "I accept the award on behalf of all CSNs who do the same thing I do every day.''
Meet Clovis Gallon
For Clovis Gallon, the fight for York City schools is more than protecting public education.
As a leader in the fight to stop the corporate takeover of the city’s schools, Gallon decided that he needed to do more than just teach his students. He decided that he needed to speak for them.
So, he became the public face of the York community’s opposition to efforts to charterize the school district, speaking out on television, radio, and in newspapers for months.
“It wasn’t just about my being able to continue as a professional here in this district,” Gallon said. “It was about where I come from and my community. I’m a graduate of the school. I have children who attend schools in the district. I also coach high school boys’ basketball here,” he said. “I have a lot invested in the community and school district.”
Meet Nancy Dunn
Nancy Dunn believes in the power of the personal connection. The Chichester EA president sees it as crucial to fostering leadership within PSEA.
“I would have never, ever considered a leadership role if it hadn’t been for leaders in my local recognizing my passion and interest, and approaching me to step up,” she said. “It speaks to members who are already in leadership positions providing training and personally challenging members. People are willing to step up, but you have to ask them.”
After the impact her local leaders made on her, Dunn now looks to be that guiding light for others.
“We are training and building up the feeling of confidence in each of our members,” she said. “It’s the ability to not just go to that ‘union person’ in your local. Everybody is that union person.”
Meet Dave Brady
As a leader in his community and his school district, Dave Brady is always helping people.
The York City education support professional serves as a Desktop Support II, fixing computers as part of a team that assists students, teachers, and staff in accessing resources on classroom and office computers.
Caring for children comes naturally to Brady, who helps coordinate the activities of the York County Toys for Tots local community organization. More than 800 local community organizations support the Toys for Tots program across the country.
"In 2015, we were able to provide 32,000 toys to more than 20,000 children in York County through our partner agencies, including the Salvation Army, Crispus Attucks, Centro Hispano, and York City Police," Brady said.