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We Are the Present, We Are the Future

We Are the Present, We Are the Future

Student Program Highlights

A Message from the 2016-2018 Student Chair, Ashley Muscarella!

Hello, I am through and through a Pittsburgh girl! I was born, raised, steeped in Pittsburgh culture, and even attended college at from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. I have dedicated four years to receiving my Bachelors of Arts in History, my Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education with a history focus, and my minor in Political Science. I have served as a chapter and regional leader, as well as the 2015-2016 President of Student Pennsylvania Education Association. I also am a Vira Heinz Woman in Global Leadership; Leonardo Da Vinci Scholar; and I have participated in the 2016 NEA Teacher Leadership Summit; the PSEA Political Institute; and the White House Summit on African American LGBTQ Youth. Further, I am a sister, equestrian, yogi, friend, mentor, global citizen, and I am a proud union member.

As members of the largest union and most influential student group for aspiring educators in America, we have the collective action and power to have our voices heard. We have the power to advocate for the needs and interests of education and the communities to which we represent and identify. We are the future of NEA; we are leaders who will use grassroots advocacy and action with our passion and knowledge to start a movement of change.

We have the power to act as servant leaders and be the change we wish to see in the world. In which, we focus towards putting others and their best interests before our own. A servant leader serves the people they represent and focuses on what they represent, before themselves. It is their duty to acknowledge others' perspectives, support them in order to meet their goals, include them in decision making processes, and build a community. I am here to serve you. We will build a community fostered in intellectual, social, and moral growth.

I am inspired by the beauty I find in the world and I see that within us, the future of education. We are knowledgeable, we are passionate, and we are driven leaders in education. Over the next two years, we will grow our program as empowered advocates who are passionate about the preservation of public education. We will be intentional and we will be the change. Thank you for providing me the inspiration and drive to represent you.

Ashley Muscarella

Jack Kinnaman Scholarship

The NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Jack Kinnaman, former Vice President Advisory Council member of NEA-Retired. He is most fondly remembered as NEA’s Cat in the Hat. It is his family’s wish that the scholarship go to an Aspiring Educator.

How to Apply:

Complete the NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Scholarship Application at

Applicant must be an NEA Student member who meets all of the application criteria.

Applications submitted by first class mail must be postmarked by April 15, 2017.

Click the following link for additional information:

NEA Student Program CREATE grant!

Chapters Redefining Education Advocacy Through Empowerment (CREATE) Grant

Grants are chapter and/or statewide community service projects that positively promote the NEA Student Program through strategies designed to enhance public education, increase advocacy and outreach to communities; support younger educators involvement in the Association; and supports the development of innovative approaches to engagement.

Deadlines: Fall Semester: October 30, 2016 / Spring Semester: February 16, 2017

For additional information please click the following link:

Tomorrow’s Teachers Magazine

NEA’s annual magazine for NEA student members. It offers a wealth of resources to those new to the teaching profession. Each issue offers help with job searches, provides classroom tips for surviving the first year in the classroom, recommends strategies for parental and community outreach, and much more.

NEA Student Program History

The Student National Education Association (SNEA) was founded in 1937 as a department of NEA. The SNEA Representative Assembly almost 50 years later voted to end its affiliation status and merge with NEA as a program -- The NEA Student Program.

Today we have:

  • 55,000 members
  • more than 1100 college/university campus chapters
  • 50 state programs
  • a national, full-time, elected chairperson  
  • a nine-member, appointed advisory committee of student members
  • Student Leadership and Professional Issues Conference

We strive to:

  • promote community partnerships
  • foster leadership through pre-professional opportunities and peer mentoring
  • promote membership among diverse populations
  • provide networking opportunities
  • supplement formal teacher-education training
  • promote the national accreditation of teacher-education training
  • recruit and retain pre-professional members, and
  • maintain a presence at all NEA conferences.COMMENTS:

The NEA Student Program is Essential

  • Thousands of educators and educational support professionals across the country retire each year. We must take aggressive steps to replace these educators and ensure quality education in every classroom. NEA supports educators who are well qualified and prepared for their careers.
  • Also, one out of three NEA Student Program members becomes an NEA leader.
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