Meet Our Members

FEA members are unique: they are educators spanning three continents; come from many backgrounds; and work hard to educate the children of military families. Meet a few of our amazing members.

Nadine Moore
AFNorth Middle/High School

“FEA is our professional organization and the support they lend goes well beyond contract bargaining and grievance-filing! Having taught Secondary ELA for over 20 years in The Netherlands, I’ve seen FEA positively impact relationships not only between faculty and admin, but also among members. When this happens, students and their communities reap the benefits of that synergy! Those are great moments.”

Norma J. Sanders
FEA Retired Member

“During my forty-two-year career as a teacher, I also served as both an FEA Human and Civil Rights Coordinator and Faculty Representative Spokesperson, and taught at schools in Alabama, Louisiana, California, Italy, and North Carolina.

“Over my time as a member, FEA provided fantastic, invaluable trainings which helped me use my voice for other educators. Association lawyers trained us on how to understand the Master Labor Agreement (MLA), write up grievances, properly document files while representing bargaining unit members, and to maintain the confidentiality of the entire process. In doing so, we were able to ensure our educators could effectively teach their children with dignity.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a FEA HCR Coordinator because we were able to train individuals on understanding and respect of cultural differences, regardless of where they were in the world. I was also inspired by the trainings on mediation, which gave me a hands-on approach to handling day-to-day situations, including disputes between team partners or anyone on staff. As a “Foot Solider” of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, I have always tried to use my voice to fight for others, whether pursuing better working conditions, the acceptance of cultural differences, mutual respect, or human and civil rights issues. Today, being retired from my life as an educator, I look back with pride on my years in the classroom and as a member of FEA.”

Frank Macias
Matthew C. Perry High School

“I am a math teacher and head football/baseball coach at Matthew C. Perry High School in Japan and have been a FEA member for 17 years.

“My membership experience with FEA has been a good one and I am very appreciative of the work of FEA leadership. My local union representative was extremely helpful in resolving an issue with RAT travel expenses due to COVID-19 guidelines. They were able to help me navigate the process, which I could have never done on my own.  

“I appreciate the support and security FEA provides to us as teachers in a federal program.”

Donna Smith
Heroes Elementary School

“I am a Kindergarten Assistant at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and have worked with DODEA since October 1989. I find working with students very rewarding. Knowing that I can help educate young minds every day has inspired me to obtain my degree in Elementary Education to better serve students in the military community. 

“My FEA membership experience has been exceptional. My association representatives are always willing to assist me when needed and have kept me well informed with issues concerning FEA, events, and benefits. I enjoy the newsletters and benefits updates as well.”

Grace Merkle
FEA Retired Member

“During my career I taught kindergarten through grade 4 at DoDEA elementary schools in Germany and Fort Bragg. Being a member of FEA has been a great plus for me, during both my career and retirement. It’s an organization that cares for and supports its members whenever the need arises. I’ve always believed being a member gave me a voice in helping our teachers achieve what they do best: teach.

The association represents the interests of all DoDEA educators and has fought to protect their many benefits, such as Living Quarters Allowance (LQA), moving costs, RAT travel, the right for educators’ children to attend DoDDS schools, and more. I was able to attend more than 25 NEA Representative Assemblies where we made a positive impact on education. Being a lifetime member has and is a privilege for me: I still receive NEA member benefits, have my voice heard, and can connect with other retired members around the world.”

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FEA Member Stories

FEA ESPs Celebrate ESP Day

On November 17, 2021, FEA celebrated Education Support Professionals Day to thank all of our amazing ESPs, who work hard to ensure the children of military families receive great educations. ESPs at Camp Lejeune (left) and Fort Campbell (middle) came together to celebrate. Thank you!

"I am amazed at the support and commitment FEA provides to its members."

“I recently retired from DoDEA. During my years and as an educator and FEA member, I received very good assistance from Kaiserslautern Middle School Faculty Representative on a variety of issues I faced. Before retiring I had to resolve a lingering issue I submitted to Global Inquiry with regards to my Pay Step being incorrect for several years. As soon as I contacted FEA with this issue, they took immediate action and helped get it resolved it in just a few days. It was a claim that could have taken some years, if ever, to resolve if I was dealing with DoDEA on my own. I am amazed by the support and commitment FEA provides to its members. The work done by FEA is highly appreciated.”

-Rosario Flores

Retired FEA Member

Guam Members Help Children in Need

Guam Education Association members collected 212 pairs of new & gently used shoes for the BEHEARTFELT organization’s shoe drive this week, helping children in need on Guam. GEA President Denise Sheedy says, “It was nice to be able to give back to our community.”

Osan Elementary Acheives 100% FEA Membership

We are excited to congratulate Osan Elementary School (OES) in South Korea for achieving 100% FEA membership among its staff. Bill Elliot, the FRS at OES, notes that supportive, helpful, and communicative practices by him and other Osan educators have led to strong membership levels and a great union community:

“I try to stay organized and keep strong lines of communication open with the administration and staff. I also have two outstanding FR’s (Kim & Wanda) in the building and our TEAK (Teachers Education Association Korea) President, Sharon Manuel makes regular stops at our campus. The union members at OES are a cohesive group of professionals who support each other, so when new teachers arrive, they want to be a part of that! Also, when there is a problem, whether it be a disciplinary issue or a pay problem, TEAK/FEA are always there to help! This gives educators peace of mind and lets them know that their union dues are well worth the cost!”

Congratulations union leaders and members at Osan! It is great to hear about members being there for each other, especially during the continued difficult times of this pandemic.

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