ECOEA ...the link between your local and the Ohio Education Association
As one of our 8,000 members of a local association within the six counties served by ECOEA (Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas or Wayne), you are automatically a member of the East Central OEA District. We provide professional development, conferences, and scholarships that are open to all members.

Join us on Zoom from wherever you are this summer and pick up some PD hours on topics that are relevant to all educators. Choose one, two, three or all four sessions and earn up to seven hours! No charge, easy registration, door prizes and PD hours. As always, please check with your local Professional Development Committee for approval.
  • Trauma-Informed Schools-join OEA Consultant Daria DeNoia as she discusses the effect of childhood trauma on student learning and ways to improve teaching and school climate. (2 hours)
  • Social Justice Resources to Protect LGBTQIA+ Identities-presented by OEA LRC Amelia Woodward, learn more about the diversity of LGBTQIA+ identities in our communities, staff, and students and resources to support social justice. (2 hours)
  • STRS Retirement Countdown presented by STRS Assistant Director of Member Education Tamla Cole, general information for those mid-late career teachers who are considering retirement, but also relevant to any STRS member seeking to learn more about retirement. (2 hours)
  • Hackers, Spammers, and Malware, Oh My!-join Stuart Graham of OEA Computer Services for practical and valuable tips to protect your online activity from attack (1 hour)
JULY 14, 2022
ECOEA will be hosting the OEA President and the Treasurer Trainings on Thursday, July 14, in Silk Auditorium at Stark State College, 6200 Frank Rd. NW, North Canton. A full day of association leadership is being planned including internet security, elections training, sessions for both novice and experienced treasurers, and local presidents' training. The training will be held in-person as part of our Summer Leadership series with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. Register at the button below. We look forward to seeing our local association leaders there!
ECOEA Retired members enjoyed the OEA-Retired Spring Conference on May 17 at the Warther Museum in Dover. ECOEA,EOEA and SEOEA were the host districts for this annual event. ECOEA rep to the OEA-Retired Advvisory Council Kathleen Purdy did a great job planning and hosting the event for the members. The Warther Museum is a local gem right here in the ECOEA district that provided an outstandingl venue for the conference with the amazingly intricate carvings of Ernest Warther and the unusual button collection of his wife. Pictured are OEA-Retired members from ECOEA Kathleen Purdy, Plain Local EA; Janel Travis, Newcomerstown TA; Ed Sims, Rittman EA; Val Heban, North Canton EA; and Carol Kinsey, Canton Professional EA seated with guests from around the state.

You can read Kathleen's June report at the button below. P

Become a Pre-retired member at any time in your career. There is a new payment plan to make it easy, too! Click HERE for the application and information.
ECOEA at the NEA Representative Assembly-
Delegates from ECOEA will be representing their locals, the district, and the state of Ohio at the upcoming NEA Representative Assembly, one of the largest democratic gatherings in the US, on July 3-6, 2022, in Chicago,.The NEA RA has been virtual the past two years, and this year, NEA is offering a hybrid RA. Delegates have a choice of attending in person following a very strict COVID protocol, or participating virtually as they have the past two years.
Representing ECOEA locals are:
  • Julie Nelson, North Canton EA
  • Julie Holderbaum, Minerva Local EA
  • Juliann Doerschuk, Alliance EA
  • Heather Zuniga, Malvern EA
  • Karen Marquis, Southern Local TA
  • Dr. Geneva Parker, Canton Professional EA
  • Donna Biddle, Canton Professional EA
  • Michelle Martin Jones, Canton Professional EA
  • Tina Bradley, Canton Professional EA
  • Paul Palomba, Canton Professional EA
  • May Alayamini, Canton Professional EA
  • Karen Linch, Wooster EA
  • Dee Meredith, Fairless EA
  • Kelli Repphun, Jackson Memorial EA
  • Angel McCune, Jackson Classified PA
Also representing from ECOEA, are OEA-Retired members Kathleen Purdy (Plain Local TA) and Carol Kinsey (Canton Professional EA). They will be representing at the NEA Retired Conference as well as the NEA Rep Assembly.
You can learn more about the work of the NEA Rep Assembly at this link. Congratulations to these elected delegates for doing the work of the association on the national level!
Ten members from ECOEA attended the OEA Summer Leadership Academy this week in Columbus and chose sessions from several strands to meet their association, leadership, and professional needs. We are proud to say that all ten members were able to receive scholarships to attend from ECOEA or OEA. Members attended from Wooster EA, Beaver Local EA, North Canton EA, and Canton Professional EA. East Central OEA, as part of the District Leaders Committee, hosted a table in a Poker Run activity to raise funds for the Ohio Fund (formerly FCPE). Academy members were also able to attend the Say No to 616 Rally at the Statehouse to speak against HB 616.
Wooster member Karen Linch participated in the Say No to HB 616 rally at the Statehouse in the June 16 heat.
Beaver Local EA members Lisa Farmer and Matt Newman attended the OEA Summer Leadership Academy.
Pictured below is Canton Professional EA member Karen Brank chatting with OEA Staff members Dan Ramos and Zach Roberts.
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ECOEA was proud to help sponsor the OEA 175th Anniversary Gala and support the work of the OEA Educational Foundation through an online and live auction.
Long-time OEA member Carol Kinsey was featured in the video history that was shown at the Gala event. You can watch the video here. Carol is a member of the OEA Educational Foundation Board and is pictured here with Representative Scott Oelslager who also attended.
Outgoing OEA Board of Directors member Dr. Geneva Parker, Canton Professional EA, and her husband Darrell Parker enjoyed the Gala. Dr. Parker is completing six years on the Board and will continue to be on the ECOEA Executive Committee as a Stark County Rep.
Also attending the Gala were Ida Gorman, member of East Canton EA and ECOEA Business Manager Val Heban, retired from North Canton EA. Ida is a member of the ECOEA Executive Committee representing Stark County, and is also an OEA Educator Voice team member.
The East Central Ohio Education Association officers and staff:
Julie Nelson, North Canton EA, President
Julie Holderbaum, Minerva Local EA, Vice President
Juliann Doerschuk, Alliance EA, Recording Secretary
Valerie Heban, OEA-Retired, retired, North Canton EA

Phone: (330) 499-8587
Office: 129 Easton St. NE, Suite 103, Canton, OH 44721
Per ECOEA Policy 3.6 Access to Financial Reports-the monthly Executive Committee financial report is available to any member upon request.

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