LEA May 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

President’s Notes

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It that time of year where the public is encouraged to appreciate educators. So many businesses emerge to celebrate educators with discounts and appreciation events. We love this!

I want you to know I appreciate you every day. During this first year as President, I have learned a great deal. It has been invigorating and exciting!

I have met so many outstanding educators. Beginning with New Employee Orientation and through the year. I have enjoyed my time at Transportation Workshops, Association Rep meetings, worksite visits, caucus meetings, committee meetings, and the list goes on. I encourage each of you to continue to advocate for our schools by keeping me informed. I will always listen to what you have to say. If you ever need advice or help I am here to listen to you.  You are the experts and I respect what you do! 

It is vital we keep our schools strong and our voices unified. There is so much we can do, there are so many vital conversations which we as educators must be a part of. If you have not had the time or opportunity to get involved with LEA, I would strongly encourage you to look for opportunities to become more active.


David Palanzi, President
Loudoun Education Association
LaToya & Dave

May 7 - 12

"Thank you for being extraordinary and inspiring students to reach for the stars."


Click here to read your note of gratitude from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and National PTA President Laura Bay.

Door Prize Winners!

At the April Association Rep Meeting these members were awarded door prizes.
  • Pencil Dispenser - Heidi Lutz, 3rd Grade Teacher at Pinebrook ES
  • 500 Color Copies - Alexa Severo, Kindergarten Teacher at Sugarland Run ES
  • A Day with Dave - Patricia Caldwell Wilson, 2nd Grade Teacher at Sugarland Run ES

Welcome Jake!

State Farm has nothing on LEA. We have our own Jake!

We are pleased to introduce Jake Lemann as our newest UniServ Director. Jake has worked for VEA since 2004. Prior to his work with VEA he worked for the Utah Education Association.
LEAding our Profession

The LEA Executive Board  along with community stakeholders have formed a committee to ensure our voices are heard at the state level. Currently the Virginia Department of Education is developing plans which require stakeholder input as part of the Federal Government's requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Members of the Committee
  • Delegate Randy Minchew, 10th District Virginia House 
  • Lorraine Hightower, Chair SEAC
  • Alison MacArthur, SEAC 
  • Huyen MacMichael, CaFE
  • Charlotte McConnell, Parent Activist
  • LaToya Johnson, NEA Specialist
Your Voice Matters

Tell Betsy DeVos why public schools are worth fighting for. If you work in a school, educate her about the challenges of the job. Tell her what issues your students face outside of school that affect them in the classroom, and what she should do to help now that she has been confirmed as Secretary of Education.
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Discounted Admission

LEA Members are invited to order tickets for Hersheypark and Kings Dominion.

Special LEA Member pricing is available for the regular 2017 season.  

Please complete the form below for Hersheypark tickets.

If interested in Kings Dominion tickets, please follow the link to register and purchase tickets.
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Hello, Goodbye, Thank You

In June we say goodbye to these members as they leave your LEA Board of Directors:

  • Patricia Caldwell Wilson, 2nd Grade, Sugarland ES
  • Mitch Cunningham, Master Electrician, Facilities
  • Corey Griswold, Social Science, Sterling MS
  • Steven Meyer, Resource, Harper Park, MS
  • Erin Zerfoss, Reading Specialist, Cardinal Ridge ES

In August LEA will welcome these members as they join your Board of Directors:

  • Lisa Maxvill, Business Teacher, Eagle Ridge MS
  • Christina Ramirez, Grade 2, Forest Grove ES
  • Alexa Severo, Kindergarten, Sugarland Run ES

Thank you to all of the Association Representatives.
If your Rep is leaving your worksite, please volunteer to be part of yur worksite Rep team. Contact David Palanzi (President@LoudounEA.org) for more info.

    May - Important Dates

     3 Membership Committee @ 4:30 p.m.
     9 Transportation Caucus @ 11:30 a.m.
     9 School Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m
    10 LEA Board Meeting @ 4:30 p.m.
    12 LEA Social @ Dog Money 4 p.m.
    15 GR/PAC Committee @ 4:30 p.m.
    17 LEA Rep Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. Douglass School
    18 LEA Retired @ 11 a.m.
    23 School Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m
    25 ESSA Stakeholders Meeting @ 4:30 p.m.
    30 Celebration for Reps & Retiring Members @ Bungalow Lakehouse, 4:30 p.m.

    More Dates

    LEA FAQ’s

    Political Action

    Q: Do my dues go to Political Candidates?

    A: Never. LEA has a separate Political Action Committee. All LEA PAC funds are donated by LEA members and supporters. The LEA PAC members create questionnaires, interview candidates, recommend candidates, and fundraise. The LEA PAC philosophy is “Issues driven and Party Blind”. The same holds true for NEA and VEA.

    LEA General

    Q: Does the LEA staff work at the LCPS Admin building?

    A: No, the LEA Office is located across from the INOVA Hospital in Lansdowne.

    We are here to support you!

    Call LEA immediately at 703-858-7700 when:
    • you are contacted by Child Protective Services, the police, or are placed on administrative leave.
    • a student or parent threatens you.
    • you are being disciplined, reprimanded or dismissed.
    • you are placed on an improvement plan or have other evaluation concerns.
    • you have questions about LCPS policies or regulations.
    • you think you have a grievance. Grievances must be filed within specific timelines. Waiting may void your ability to file!
    Remember: If you have a concern, be sure to contact LEA. We are here to work together for the school system we all deserve.