Welcome to NEA-Alaska

NEA-Alaska, an affiliate of the National Education Association, is an organization of 12,000+ members who work in Alaska’s public schools.

As a representative, grassroots, democratic organization, all policy, budgetary and goal decisions are member-driven. Each January, approximately 400 statewide delegates meet in Anchorage to convene the Delegate Assembly, which is the policy-making body of the organization. The President, Vice President, NEA Director and the 28 regional members of the board of directors are elected through statewide elections and each serve two-year terms.

NEA-Alaska exists to be an advocate for an excellent public education for each child in Alaska and to advance the interests of public school employees.

NEA-Alaska was founded in 1922 in Ketchikan, when 73 of the Territory’s teachers formed a new organization “to elevate the character and advance the interests of the profession of teaching and to promote the cause of education in the Territory of Alaska.” Over the following years and decades the organization (first known as the Alaska Education Association) addressed issues such as salaries and retirement and legislation that affected schools and teachers.

In 1945 the association saw a major victory, in the passage of the first Alaska Teachers’ Retirement Act. This original law was amended regularly in subsequent years with improvements that made it more actuarially sound. The coming years marked the organization’s push for collective bargaining to improve salaries and working conditions, and increased involvement in the political process. Effective advocacy in Juneau was a constant, and in 1965 the association established the Political Action Committee for Education (PACE). In the mid-1980s NEA-Alaska was strengthened with the extension of full membership rights to Education Support Professionals, or ESPs.

Our members are teachers, library media specialists, counselors, psychologists, physical and speech therapists, school secretaries, custodians, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers and other support professionals who work in Alaska’s public schools. With over 13,000 members, NEA-Alaska is a strong advocate for an excellent public education for each child in Alaska.

On a local level, NEA-Alaska’s members belong to 67 local associations, including an active retired affiliate, NEA-Alaska/Retired, which has more than 1,800 members.

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Tom Klaameyer
Tom KlaameyerNEA-Alaska President
Segue Grant
Segue GrantNEA-Alaska Vice President
Tammy Smith
Tammy SmithNEA State Director