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Northeastern Region Pre-Retirement Workshop

As you know, this event has been cancelled due to current COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines and business closures. We intend to reschedule this workshop as soon as possible and all PSEA Northeastern Region members age 50 + will receive registration information once a new date and location is determined.

In the meantime, we have worked with several entities to provide content which may be helpful to anyone who is considering retirement and may need information before our region event can be scheduled. 

Please note:  The information provided here should not be relied upon to make specific decisions regarding your retirement account or your selection of the specific retirement benefit plan.  For specific information and advice concerning your rights and duties under the Public School Employees’ Retirement Code, we strongly encourage you to consult your PSERS field representative for information, counseling, and assistance particular to your situation.  You should not make any decision affecting your retirement account before talking to a PSERS representative.

Check back here frequently as additional information will be added as it is received. 

HOP (Health Options Program) - By visiting the Health Options Program Web site you will be able to access a copy of the HOPs presentation slides along with the narrative that accompanies each slide. There is a wealth of information on the HOPs Website for those thinking about retirement healthcare options. 

Anyone with questions about HOP may contact any of the following:

    • HOP Administration Unit 
      Lancaster, PA (800) 773-7725
    • Wanda Tracey (717) 368-3182
    • Doug Bonsall (717) 460-0723 or (717) 921-1957

Social Security offices are not currently open, but representatives are available for consultation.  Please see the links below for contact information.

Social Security Office
Social Security Information 

 Kades Margolis - Rollover & 403b

2020 Estate Planning Q & A by Kevin Grebas, Esquire

Educators Growing Together
A Forum Series Designed to Support PSEA Members Responding to Instructional Demands
during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Educators Growing Together is designed to bring groups of PSEA members together to share ideas and respond to one another’s questions about specific challenges related to our new teaching and learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on an assumption that no person holds every answer, but every person holds some answers, the forums reflect a belief that the most effective way for PSEA members to cope with these new and sudden professional demands is together and the best source of information for problem-solving is each other.


PSERS Fraud Alert

PSERS has indicated that some members have received unsolicited emails or calls from people claiming to have the authority to discuss their retirement benefits.  These cold calls are not from PSERS!  

If you believe you have received a fraudulent call or email, please report it to the Attorney General's Office.  

Visit the PSERS Web site for additional information. 

NE Region Continuing Professional Education 2019-2020 Events

Northeastern Region Professional Development Workshops

PSEA is dedicated to assisting its members in their professional growth and development.  Although PSEA Offices are closed at this time, members have an opportunity to earn Act 48/Chapter 14 credit via online learning opportunities.  Here are a few links worth exploring . . .

PSEA Webinars

PSEA Book Discussions

PSEA Online Learning Courses

NEA Micro-Credentials

Attention paraprofessionals:  PSEA encourages you to obtain pre-approval from your employer to ensure that the session you choose qualifies for the 20-hour requirement in your school district.

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Are you interested in being a lifelong PSEA member? You can sign up if you are in year one or year 35 of your career - or anywhere in between! The earlier you sign up, the more money you will save on dues. You can enroll in PSEA-Retired FOR LIFE with a one-time dues payment of $774, or break that into four payments of $193.50 over a two-year period. This is a great way to continue to stay involved and engaged with the work of the association as well as continued use of our member benefits. For more information and to enroll, click on the learn more box below.

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Good Things Happening!

North Pocono Food Pantry April 9, 2020

The North Pocono teachers and students participate in various food drives throughout the school year to support the North Pocono Food Pantry. Today, the North Pocono Education Association (NPEA) donated $3,000 to the pantry.

“The members of the NPEA felt it was really important to try and help our community now more than ever. We asked our members to help the food pantry by donating food or cash donations,” stated Ellen Raguckas, president of the NPEA. “NPEA member and teacher, Joan Thompson, did a great job collecting the donations on behalf of the membership.”

Great work, NPEA!


East Stroudsburg EA & ESP Serve Students Using Bus Routes

It has been overwhelming to see the amount of great work our members have been doing to provide food to our children during this time of need. Here is another example of #ServiceAboveSelf and #Solidarity.

The East Stroudsburg ESP members and volunteers of the East Stroudsburg EA have been busy not only preparing breakfast and lunch for their students and community, but also packaging them and delivering the food via bus stops throughout their school district. Yes, you read that correctly. PSEA members are actually utilizing their bus routes to drive and deliver breakfast and lunch packets to the homes of their students via bus stop. Monroe County (home of the East Stroudsburg School District) is on a mandatory stay-at-home order.

Our PSEA members figured out a way, as they always do, to still provide nutrition and a sense of normalcy to our children. Keep up the great work, East Stroudsburg! Thank you for continuing to show your community what PSEA members are truly about...our kids.      

East Stroudsburg Food Pantries

The East Stroudsburg Area Education Support Professionals Association (ESAESPA) goal for the 2019-2020 school year was to collect enough non-perishable food donations to be able to keep East Stroudsburg’s four school pantry’s full. The four schools that operate pantries include: JM Hill Elementary, HS South, HS North, and JT Lambert Intermediate.

On March 12, the leadership of the ESAESPA presented the pantry organizers the donations they have collected.

The following PSEA members are members of the Food Collection Committee: Tammy Walsh - Resica Elementary, Ann Marie Kizer - Middle Smithfield Elementary, Donna Noia - Bushkill Elementary, Lorena Rosado - JT Lambert Intermediate, Yyudmila Lia - HS South, Maria Heitz - Smithfield Elementary, and Maureen Barret - Resica Elementary.


Wayne Highlands ESP

Members of the Wayne Highlands Educational Support Personnel Association made a donation to the Wayne County Food Pantry. They partnered with Dave’s Super Duper and purchased $700 worth of canned goods and other assorted non perishables.

“We love our community and are so happy we can help out, especially in this unprecedented time of need,” stated Sally Watson, president of the WHESPA.

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