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Events & Activities

Throughout the year, UEA and its affiliates host a variety of events to support Utah teachers and public schools. Click the events below or to the right to view upcoming dates and details. To view the complete schedule of UEA activities, see the UEA calendar.

UEA Elections

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Did you know national, state and local association leaders are association members elected by peers? UEA leadership elections are held annually, as outlined in the UEA Bylaws. Statewide elected leaders include the UEA President and Vice President, the UEA Board of Directors and NEA Directors for Utah. Local leaders are also elected by their peers in each local association. Get involved by applying to run or by voting.

Positions Subject to Election in 2023

Beginning September 1, individuals who are active members for at least three years preceding the election may declare your candidacy for UEA Office for the upcoming election year.  The following UEA offices will be subject to election in 2023:

  • NEA State Director (Three-year term)
  • NEA RA Delegate At Large** (Two-year term)
  • NEA RA Successor Delegate At Large** (Two-year term)
  • Ethnic Minority Director (Three-year term)
  • Alpine NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (One-year term)
  • Color Country Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
  • Color Country NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
  • Davis NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Two-year term)
  • Eastern Utah NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (One-year term)
  • Granite Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
  • Granite NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
  • High Desert NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (One-year term)
  • Jordan Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
  • Jordan NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
  • Northern Utah NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (Two-year term)
  • Wasatch Director on the UEA Board of Directors* (One-year term)
  • Wasatch NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (One-year term)
  • Woodland Peaks NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (Two-year term)

* To fill vacated, unexpired term
**Unfilled in previous election

Please contact Heather Shepherd with questions (heather.shepherd@myuea.org or 801-417-0226)

Declared Candidates


Brandon Engles | Denise Lake | Mindy Layton | Hank Postma | Kellie May | Marsha Curtis | Mike Harmon | Britt Stull | Caren Burns | Haley Kelley | Kathy Smith | Jeremy Reynoso


State-Wide Elections

Brandon Engles, Candidate for NEA State Director

Brandon Engles, Candidate for NEA State Director

(Submitted by candidate)
Handout

My name is Brandon Engles. I am asking for your vote for NEA State Director representing Utah. My number one priority is to put our members’ voices in the room. It’s vital that educators and staff feel heard as decisions are made.

I joined my local association during my district’s New Teacher Orientation 18 years ago. I was elected to represent my local at the House of Delegates. I have participated in every HOD for the past 18 years. I was asked by my local board to be on the negotiations team. After a few years bargaining with my district, I decided to run for my local/Uniserv Board. During this time, I was able to work on several Uniserv committees and UEA’s Election committee. After serving 2 terms on my local/Uniserv boards, I saw that members in my Uniserv felt that their voices weren’t being heard at the state level. I ran for and won a seat on the UEA Board of Directors. I have had many great experiences that have helped me grow as a leader and as a person. I have attended NEA’s Leadership Summits in which I have been able to develop my leadership competencies. I have also met teachers from around the country, learned from them, and learned about important issues such as social justice and how to work with politicians. I have served on the NEA Elections and as my local’s vice-president

I would appreciate your vote for NEA State Director.
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Denise Lake, Candidate for NEA State Director

Denise Lake, Candidate for NEA State Director

(Submitted by candidate)
Handout

My name is Denise Lake and I want to represent you as Utah’s NEA State Director. I have been teaching for 27 years as a kindergarten teacher. I have served as a building representative, member of OMC (Organizing Member Capacity), member of EMAC (Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee), and a member of Eastern’s UniServ Council. Attended NEA Representative Assembly, NEA Leadership Conferences and Racial and Social Justice Conferences. Presented at UEA’s Summer Leadership Academy, served as a member of Ethnic Studies Coalition for Utah. I am an active member of NEA, UEA and MEA. I am a member of NAME, NEA Black Caucus, UEA Rural Caucus and UEA Social Justice Caucus. I am currently serving as UEA Ethnic Minority Director, where I am on the Board of Directors and chairperson of EMAC.

I want to serve as your NEA State Director and bring Utah’s educator’s voices to the table at the national level. Bringing back to you information, resources and insights in how we can better serve our students and educators. With Utah’s population is becoming more and more diverse, we need to rise up to the challenge and give ourselves, our students and those we work with the best tools to make a difference. I want to be that voice at the national level and share with others what is happening in Utah. Our students and educators deserve to have an individual who will be that voice. I want to be that person and voice. Please vote to me.
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Mindy Layton, Candidate for NEA State Director

Mindy Layton, Candidate for NEA State Director

(Submitted by candidate)

I am Mindy L. Layton. I currently work for Granite School District as a district teacher specialist and Multilingual Learners Academic Coach in the department of Educational Equity at the Granite Education Center. As a teacher since 2001, I seek to create more equitable learning conditions for diverse students in the least segregative manner. Over the past four years as your elected NEA State Director, I have brought my passion, balanced voice, and listening ear to my committee work on a national and state level to advance equity within Utah with the federal Every Student Success Act (ESSA). I am re-running for the NEA State Director for Utah- one more time! My platform goal is to build leadership capacity and association membership to reinstate the second NEA state director seat. As a result of continued membership decreases, the second NEA state director seat was removed. Never has our unified educator voice proven to be critical as it is now! Your vote requires qualified representation so I can continue advocating for your classroom successes and barriers. Together we can improve rural and urban educational equity. Let’s provide better access to existing educational resources. Let’s fund proven educator-driven instructional practices. Together We Can elevate Utah’s Public Education and our working conditions. Your Educator’s voice makes the difference! Again, it would be my honor to be re-elected as your National Education Association State Director for Utah. Vote Mindy L. Layton for NEA State Director.
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Hank Postma, Candidate for NEA State Director

Hank Postma, Candidate for NEA State Director

(Submitted by candidate)
Handout | Video

Hi, I’m Hank Postma, and I’m running for NEA State Director.

I am proud to be a union member. I have experience teaching in rural, suburban, and urban school districts.
As the president of the Grand Education Association, I have increased both membership and salaries.

As the local president:

  • I’ve had to sit down with members and tell them hard truths.
  • I’ve had to sit down with administrators and let them know what is acceptable and what is not.
  • I’ve organized work actions both with my school board and against my school board.
    • I know how to be strong in hard situations.

When I was president of UEA’s Council of Local Presidents, my agendas were created with local leaders in mind. I was always looking to find ways to help local leaders, because they are the critical part of moving our organization forward. As your NEA Director I will continue to fight to get the resources local leaders need.

We always talk about the pay issue with the teacher shortage, but what might be bigger is the lack of professional respect. We need to be given the trust and flexibility to design our classes and adapt to the student we are trying to educate. We will work with parents, but we are not meat widgets. We need to be trusted as experts and professionals.

As you NEA director, I will fight for educators.

So, vote Hank Postma for NEA Director.
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Kellie May, Candidate for Ethnic Minority Director

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Marsha Curtis, Candidate for Ethnic Minority Director

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A picture of Mike Harmon, Candidate for NEA-RA Delegate-At-Large.

Mike Harman, Candidate for NEA-RA Delegate-At-Large

(Submitted by candidate)

I am seeking this position to continue my involvement at the NEA Representative Assembly, the highest governing body of the NEA. I recognize that delegates serve an entire year, and I am willing and ready to fulfill that obligation. I believe that my experience and knowledge will be beneficial to the Utah Delegation, as well as the other participants at the Representative Assembly. I want to continue to advocate for members and the diverse perspective of Utah Educations. I would appreciate your support.
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UniServ Elections

A picture of Britt Stull, Candidate for Color Country UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

Britt Stull, Candidate for Color Country UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

(Submitted by candidate)

I am currently in my 8th year of teaching special education at Lava Ridge Intermediate School. Before that, I was a paraeducator in the same classroom for a year. I have taught as a substitute for 3 years in both Las Vegas and in Logan. Shortly after joining the Washington County Education Association, the AR in my building moved to another school and asked me to step in as the new AR. I said yes. In the following years, I got more involved, joining the board of executives for my local and getting involved in policy ambassadors, joining committees, and filling in where I was able to. In my time spent in education, I have seen a lot of diverse opinions about teachers and it’s frustrating to see how much of the public opinion towards this very noble and important profession can be hostile. It is my belief that we need to do what is best for the students we teach as well as help to create policy and law that helps support those of us working with these students. It is my goal to get involved in various ways. I want to help spotlight the value of educators. I want to be a part of a community that is looking to better education, providing insight from actual educators when discussing policy and law about education. I want to be a part of the movement to ensure the best possible outcomes for educators, support staff, and students.
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A photo of Caren Burns, Candidate for Granite UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

Caren Burns, Candidate for Granite UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

(Submitted by candidate)

It has been an honor and privilege to serve this year as the Granite Director on the UEA Board of Directors, and by running for a three-year term, I hope to continue the work of representing Granite on a state-wide level. The important work that our association does impacts the lives of not only our educators and staff, but our students and families in the communities of our school districts.

Throughout my time as a member of the UEA Board of Directors, the GEA Board of Directors, AR for my building, NEA RA Delegate, and a Trauma Informed Trainer for UEA, I have had a lot of excellent leadership training opportunities with our local, state, and national association. I am passionate about making sure that teacher voices are amplified and heard in the public and political arenas and building leadership potential in our members. By continuing as representative on the UEA Board of Directors for the Granite Education Association, I hope to empower our members to speak up and share their own narratives in the classroom and to also represent our members and bring more leadership opportunities to GEA.

Teaching in one of the most diverse school districts in Utah has been a great experience, and I want to make sure to fight so that every student can have access to quality education. As an association leader, I also hope to continue to bring a strong perspective for the uniqueness of the Granite teaching experience to the UEA statewide table.
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A photo of Haley Kelley, Candidate for Granite UniServ Successor Delegate

Haley Kelley, Candidate for Granite UniServ NEA-RA Successor Delegate

(Submitted by candidate)

In the last 8 years as a teacher in Kearns, Utah, I have watched educational policies change. My interest in educational policies has grown stronger each year. I want to be involved in making changes that will benefit my students, students in the state of Utah, and students in the United States. I have seen the effects that positive and negative policies have had on my students and I want to make sure that the positives come out on top. Sometimes as a teacher I feel helpless in the face of policies that undermine my effectiveness as a teacher, and my students’ access to a safe and positive learning environment. Additionally, I have seen and would like to encourage the formation of positive change that can be made in education. For the last two years I have had the opportunity to attend the NEA Representative Assembly in the digital format. Although this was a great experience, I would love the chance to be able to go to the NEA RA in person. I want to see democracy at work and I want to be a part of the change I know that we can make.
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A picture of Kathy Smith,  Jordan UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

Kathy Smith, Candidate for Jordan UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

(Submitted by candidate)

My name is Katherine Smith and I have had the privilege of representing the Jordan UniServ on the UEA Board for the last three years. I am a fifth-grade teacher in Canyons School District and have served on the Calendar Committee, and the Policy Review Advisory Group for Canyons School District (CSD) as a CEA representative and as an Association Building Leader. I have also served on the Negotiations team for CSD and am completing my fifth year on the Executive Board for CEA. I have participated in the UEA Summer Leadership Institute, the House of Delegates, the NEA National Leadership Summit, and the NEA Representative Assembly.

I began my UEA Board term in February 2020, two weeks before Covid 19 closed schools here. These have been unprecedented times with unprecedented challenges and ever-increasing expectations for teachers. And, as always, teachers have risen to the occasion for their students. I am proud to be part of a profession where we consistently make a difference in the lives of our students. There is no more important or meaningful work, but these added expectations have also come with a high cost to educators. UEA saw the need and lobbied to secure four extra paid days for educators at the legislature last year. We must continue to work together toward establishing reasonable work expectations, which allow sufficient time to prepare and teach effectively. There is still much to accomplish, and I ask for your vote to continue this work as Board Director.

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A photo of Jeremy Reynoso, Candidate for Wasatch UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

Jeremy Reynoso, Candidate for Wasatch UniServ Representative on the UEA Board of Directors

(Submitted by candidate)

My name is Jeremy Reynoso and I am seeking to fill the position of representative for Wasatch Uniserv on the UEA board of Directors. I am in my eighth year of teaching kindergarten at Meadowlark Elementary in the Salt Lake City School District. I have been a member of SLEA since 2015 and involved with my local and UEA in various capacities as an AR, task force member, and as an ethnic minority affairs committee (EMAC) member representing the Wasatch Uniserv. This past year I was nominated to the UEA board of Directors, and I have learned a lot about what it takes to serve the Wasatch locals: Salt Lake, Murray, and Tooele. I would be honored to continue in this role for the remaining year of this 3 year term.
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Running for UEA Office

Beginning September 1, individuals who are active members for at least three years preceding the election may declare your candidacy for UEA Office for the upcoming election year.

  • Declaration Form
  • Declaration deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2023. All complete declarations must be received by the UEA Executive Office by 5 p.m.
  • Please contact Heather Shepherd with questions (heather.shepherd@myuea.org or 801-417-0226)

General Election Results

Renee Pinkney

Renee Pinkney


Thank you for your participation in this year’s elections. The UEA General Election closed on February 23 for the statewide UEA offices UEA Board positions subject to election in 2022. In the race for UEA president, Renee Pinkney was elected to serve a three-year term. Brandon Baca was elected to a three-year term as vice president. Also elected to the UEA Board of Directors were Kayllyn Gren (Davis), Marsha Curtis (Eastern), Caren Burns (Granite), Mike Mudrow (Northern), Isac Ernest (Ogden-Weber) and Christy Giblon (Woodland Peaks). See the full election results below.

In accordance with its Bylaws, the UEA held an online General Election February 2-Feburay 23, 2022, for UEA President, UEA-Vice President, and NEA RA Delegate At Large and Successor Delegate. There were also six UEA Board positions.

State-Wide

OFFICE

CANDIDATE NAME

PERCENT
(of total ballots cast)

UEA President
(three-year term)

Renée Pinkney

98%

Write-in

2%

 

OFFICE

CANDIDATE NAME

PERCENT
(of total ballots cast)

UEA Vice President
(three-year term)

Brandon Baca

51%

Rodney Hurd

48%

Write-in

1%

 

OFFICE

CANDIDATE NAME

PERCENT
(of total ballots cast)

NEA-RA Delegate At Large
(three-year term)

Danny McKenna

99%

Write-in

1%

UniServ

 

OFFICE

CANDIDATE NAME

PERCENT (of total ballots cast)

Davis Director on the UEA Board of Directors (three-year term)

Kallyn Gren

100%

Write-in

0%

Eastern Director on the UEA Board of Directors (two-year term)

Marsha Curtis

99%

Write-in

1%

Granite Director on the UEA Board of Directors
(one-year term)

Caren Burns

 96%

Write-in

4%

Northern Utah Director on the UEA Board of Directors (three-year term)

Mike Mudrow

99%

Write-in

1%

Ogden-Weber Director on the UEA Board of Directors (three-year term)

Isac Ernest

99%

Write-in

1%

Ogden-Weber NEA-RA Successor Delegate (three-year term)

Alexandra Castellanos Smith

99%

Write-in

1%

Woodland Peaks Director on the UEA Board of Directors (three-year term)

Christy Giblon

97%

Write-in

3%

Need Help with the Elections?

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SurveyMonkey, a well-known survey site will be hosting this year’s election. The voting process should be easier than ever before.

On February 1 you’ll receive an email from SurveyMonkey sent on behalf of ec@myUEAuea.org at the preferred email address in your membership record. The email will have the dates of the election and most importantly—a link to your ballot. Please check your SPAM filters to ensure you don’t miss the email.

To Vote:

  • Click the link;
  • Fill out your ballot;
  • Click the “Done” button;
  • A new screen will appear, thanking you for participating and confirming your ballot was submitted.

Opting In to SurveyMonkey:

If you’ve ever opted out of receiving emails from SurveyMonkey, you will not receive the election email with the link to your ballot unless you opt back in. The opt-in process is easy. Simply click here ((https://www.surveymonkey.com/user/email-opt-in) and enter your email address (the account at which you received this message). After you have voted, you may opt out again, however, we recommend you wait until after the Election ends.

What should I do if I don’t get the email?

New Members:

If you joined the Association near or after the start of the election it’s possible your email address wasn’t yet entered into the membership database at the time the voting list was pulled. Please give our Membership department a call (info below).

Old or Incorrect Email Addresses:

The email for the election will be sent to the preferred email address we have on file. In some cases, that address may be one you no longer use. If you can access the account, do so and vote. Afterwards, make sure you update your preferred address with your local UniServ office. You must cast your ballot from the email address that was uploaded at the start of the election.

Opting Out:

Once you have submitted your ballot, you may unsubscribe or opt back out of SurveyMonkey. We recommend you do not opt out until after the General Election. A link to opt out is included at the bottom of the voting email from SurveyMonkey.

Spam Filters:

The email will be sent to your personal email address of record or your work email address if your personal email address is not listed in the database. It is possible the email may arrive in your SPAM filter especially if the email was sent to your work email address. Each SPAM filter is different but often you can review the SPAM digest and release or allow a particular sender. The email address that sent the survey is membership@myuea.org but may also come from member@surveymonkey.com. These are the mail addresses you should release or allow.

Sample Email:

This email is being sent on behalf of the UEA Elections Committee.
The 2023 UEA Election is now open and closes on Wednesday, February 20 at 5 p.m. It only takes a few minutes to vote and let your voice be heard.

VOTE [The link to your ballot will appear here.]

VIEW candidate statements and videos at www.myUEA.org/vote

If you have any questions or problems regarding the voting process, please call the UEA office at 801-266-4461 or 800-594-8996.Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

Thank you for your participation.

The UEA Elections Committee

Contacting the UEA:

If you have any questions or problems regarding the voting process, please email ec@myuea.org or call the UEA office at 801-266-4461 or 800-594-8996.

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UEA Convention & Education Exposition - Discontinued

UEA Convention Discontinued

The Utah Education Association Board of Directors has determined the Association will no longer hold its annual UEA Convention. School districts may continue holding a fall recess in October, but there will no longer be a fall statewide teacher convention. (Schedules for local public schools are available on the Utah State Board of Education school calendar.)

“This was a difficult decision for our Board,” said UEA President Heidi Matthews. “For more than 100 years, Utah teachers have gathered annually in a statewide convention for professional learning and social networking. However, the statewide convention format is now proving difficult for many, as evidenced by declining UEA Convention attendance in recent years.”

Background:

For more than 100 years, Utah teachers have gathered annually in a statewide convention for professional learning and social networking. The statewide convention format is now proving difficult for many, as evidenced by declining UEA Convention attendance in recent years.

Educators cite desire for “time off” from increased teaching demands as a primary reason for not attending the Convention. This feeling is supported by a recent University of Utah Education Policy Center study showing “emotional exhaustion, stress and burnout” as the No. 1 reasons teachers are leaving the profession. The UEA hopes to address teacher “emotional exhaustion, stress and burnout” by bringing additional resources to the classroom.

Appreciation to vendors and sponsors:

“We want our UEA Convention vendors, exhibitors and partners to know how much we appreciate their loyalty to Utah teachers over many decades,” said UEA Convention co-manager and Communications Director Mike Kelley. “As we move forward, we hope to find new ways to connect educators with products and services tailored to their needs.”