I am excited to welcome you as a fellow educator in the Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). We are the Collier County Education Association (CCEA), a union that represents over 2,000 educators in Collier County. CCEA is the thirteenth largest education union in Florida and is part of a larger network of education unions, including the Florida Education Association (FEA), the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Like you, I am a classroom teacher and am about to begin my twenty-second year in the classroom. It is an honor to serve as CCEA’s President, and I am eager to get to know more of you, along with your interests and concerns, in the coming year. My fellow officers, the Executive Board, CCEA staff, and I hope to show how the CCEA can make a difference in your professional experience every day.
Every day CCEA members, staff and elected leaders advocate, protect and stand up for the rights of the educators and students of Collier County. We stand together in support of public education to ensure our educators and students are respected and have the schools and resources we ALL deserve.
As members, staff, and leaders of CCEA, we continue to use our voices and collective strength to ensure that every available resource is being directed to our students and the schools they learn in and we teach in every day. Our working conditions are the students’ learning conditions.
We must stand together and support one another as we work to protect and improve public education. As educators we experience many successes and challenges daily in our classrooms and CCEA is here to celebrate your successes and provide support in your challenges. Please reach out to your Building Representative who is there to support you, as well as our staff and elected leaders at CCEA if you have any questions or concerns. You will receive regular communication from CCEA though e-mails, site meetings and the monthly Pelican Post (newsletter). Please read them as they will include important information, bargaining updates and calls for action. It is important to stay connected so make sure your personal email and contact information are on file.
Finally, thank you for choosing to become a fellow Collier County educator and dedicating your time to impact the lives and learning of our students. Welcome to CCPS and the CCEA family! Together We Are Stronger and Together WE Are CCEA!
President, Collier County Education Association