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The ECOEA Spring Representative Assembly was held Saturday, April 13, at Stark State College. This is the annual meeting of the district association where the annual budget is approved, elections are held for ECOEA positions, reports from committees, caucuses and representatives for OEA Committees are given. We also heard from OEA Secretary-Treasurer Mark Hill on behalf of the OEA officers. Carol Correthers provided the NEA Directors report. Carol, as chair of the STRS Retirement Board, also provided an update on STRS.

President Juliann Doerschuk presided over her first Representative Assembly. The Invocation was given by Holly Lloyd, Claymont EA.

Congratulations to the following members who were elected to three-year terms:

  • Columbiana County Rep #1-Karen Marquis, Southern Local Teachers' Association
  • Stark County Rep #3-Barb Newton, Northwest Teachers' Association
  • Wayne County Rep #1-Melissa Radich, Triway Education Association
  • Minority Rep-Tracey Smith, Canton Professional Educators' Association
  • ESP #1-Victoria Freday, SCEPTA
  • ESP #2-Angel McCune, Jackson Classified Personnel Association

Elected to serve a three-year term as OEA Board of Directors representing Unit 2:

  • Mandy Wagner, Wooster Education Association

Elected to serve a three-year term as the ECOEA Rep to OEA Standing Committees are:

  • Resolutions Committee-Christine Willison, Wellsville Teachers' Association
  • Legislative Committee-Karen Marquis, Southern Local Teachers' Association
  • Human and Civil Rights Committee-Rita McMillen, Canton Professional Educator's Association
  • Local Development and Training-Jen McKelley, North Canton Education Association

A vacancy remains in the position of Carroll County Rep to the ECOEA Executive Committee. Please contact the ECOEA office if interested in an appointment to this position. You must be a member of a local in Carroll County.

The Quinn Scholarships were awarded, Internal Organizing Grants and a Public Relations Grant were announced. We honored Guy Kendall-Freas as our Friend of Education for his dedicated work for our members.The assembly endorsed several candidates in OEA statewide races that will be voted on at the OEA Rep Assembly in May.

Delegates representing the following locals were in attendance:

  • Alliance EA
  • Canton Professional EA
  • Claymont EA
  • East Canton EA
  • East Holmes TA
  • Fairless EA
  • Jackson Classified PA
  • Jackson Memorial EA
  • Malvern EA
  • Minerva Local EA
  • North Canton EA
  • Northwest TA
  • SCEPTA (Stark County Education Professional Trainers Association)
  • Southern Local TA
  • Triway EA
  • Wooster EA
  • OEA-Retired delegates

Delegates will now go on to represent the district at the OEA Spring Representative Assembly in Columbus on May 10 and 11. Thanks for representing ECOEA!


We had 60 registered bowlers and guests at our first bowling tournament fundraiser on Friday, April 12, at Park Centre Lanes. Good fun, good food, door prizes, silent auction winners and lots of laughter with our union family. Locals represented were Alliance EA, Canton Professional EA, Fairless EA, Jackson Memorial EA, Lake Local EA, Malvern EA, Marlington EA, Minerva Local EA, North Canton EA, Northwest TA, Perry CTA, and SCEPTA. OEA Secretary-Treasurer Mark Hill showed us his bowling skills, and several OEA Staff members were there to support the evening's activities. There were four OEA-R members there, too! High bowler for the night was Abby Moore from Alliance EA. Congratulations Abby! President Juliann had to hand out special prizes each game she got beat, but her team still ended up winning first place.

All good fun for the fund!



We've got two great sessions lined up for members this summer with two very knowledgeable Education Policy Consultants from OEA! Register now and mark your calendar to spend the day with us online.

Regarding Licensure-presented by Ellen Adornetto. Ellen will discuss the new pre-service teacher permit that is coming online, the changes to the RE license and how RE is managed through the SBOE, and the licensure fees, changes, requirements and more of the demands on public education employees to do their jobs.

PBIS: It's not all points and parties-presented by Daria DeNoia. All educators encounter students who exhibit challenging behaviors, and Ohio requires that schools implement PBIS frameworks to address these challenges. But what is PBIS? Does PBIS need to include points and parties? Can educator voice be included in the decision-making process? During this session we will define and discuss Ohio’s PBIS law, learn about collaborative implementation of PBIS frameworks; share examples of PBIS implementation in school settings; discuss tools that help examine root causes of challenging student behaviors; and reflect on how educators and their Union can advocate for strong and effective PBIS frameworks that improve the working and learning environments for educators and their students..



Kathleen has an April Newsbrief for our OEA-Retired Members at the button below.

Kathleen's April Newsbrief


Discount tickets to the play-off games are available for members for the Monday night and potential Thursday night play-off games.

Game 2 (Monday, April 22 at 7:00 PM) No Fees & 20% off select areas

Game 5 (Tuesday, April 30, Time TBD) No Fees & 20% off select areas

Use access code NEOPTA22

Once you select your game using the link below, click the "Use Access Code" button to enter your the code (listed above in red) to proceed with your purchase and receive your special offer pricing.



ECOEA Office Phone (330) 499-8587