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.
- Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – General Election voting begins
- Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – General Election voting ends
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.
Declared Candidates for the 2022 Statewide Elections
- Renée Pinkney, candidate for UEA President (Three-year term)
- Brandon Baca, candidate for UEA Vice-President (Three-year term)
- Rodney Hurd, candidate for UEA Vice-President (Three-year term)
- Danny McKenna, candidate for NEA-RA Delegate At Large (Three-year term)
Hello, my name is Renée Pinkney, a social studies teacher in Park City serving as your UEA Vice President and I’m running to be your UEA President. I’ve gained first hand knowledge of the issues facing our association and our schools. I have several goals to move our strategic plan forward
We are a member driven, member led organization. That means we must hear from ALL of our members to successfully advocate for their well-being and continue our focus not only on member recruitment, with an emphasis on BIPOC educators, but also member engagement.
I’m committed to our social and racial justice work. I will encourage the formation of additional special-interest caucuses, such as special education, who attend educator day on the hill to move their interests forward, by lobbying for education policy that has a positive impact on our members and our students.
Coupled with political action, I’m determined to increase our UEA Political Action Committee (PAC) voluntary contributions. Just imagine the number of pro-public education candidates we could support if all eighteen thousand members contributed $5.00 or more per month to our PAC. Let’s make this happen!
As you, our members, become more engaged we can grow and develop our leadership capacity. I know you are passionate about public education. Help me ensure every student attends, and every educator works in a great public school!
Since 2001, I have taught Social Studies at an urban Title I junior high school. Currently, I teach World Geography, AP Human Geography, and have a M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.
I have been a UEA Member since 2001 and served as the Weber Education Association President from 2015-2021, the Ethnic-Minority Rep, 2013-2015, the Junior High Rep, 2011-2013; and continue to serve as a Building Leader. In my UniServ, Ogden-Weber, I was the President, 2019-20; Vice-President, 2020-2021; PAC Chair, 2020-2021; and currently serve in our Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC), as the Chair and founding member, 2020-present.
In the UEA, I have served as a Rules and Resolutions Committee member, 2012-present; EMAC founding member, 2015-present; and a UEA House of Delegates and NEA Representative Assembly Delegate. In the NEA, I have attended the Minority/Women Leadership Training 2011 and 2016 and was elected to the NEA Resolutions Committee, 2015-present; the NEA RC has appointed me to serve as Co-Chair to Group Rights, which deals with opposition to all forms of discrimination. I have authored/co-authored numerous equity Resolutions and New Bill Item 2 to create a Task Force to study UEA in regards to institutional racism, so as to best serve all of our members and students. I am a veteran who led American service members in Iraq in the U.S. Army, 2003-2004. I love our Union, for accepting me for who I am and for my talents. I would be honored to continue to serve the greater good. | Campaign Flier | Candidate Video | Candidate Menu
I have been involved with public education as a social science teacher for twenty-six years. During this time I have worked at an at-risk high school and a regular rural high school. As a teacher, I have represented my local association as a building representative, vice president and president. I have just started my second term on the Board of Directors for UEA representing High Desert UniServ.
As a member of the Board, I am on the Budget Committee, Head Quarters (Building) Committee, and have been part of the UEA Negotiations Team working with UEASO. As a member of UEA and my local, I have brought members to the Leadership Academy, attended and presented at the Negotiations Summit, and represented my fellow educators at the Utah House of Delegates. I have attended the National Leadership Summit and been a representative three times at the NEA Representative Assembly. I am currently organizing a Rural Schools Caucus for UEA to make it easier for rural needs to be heard.
NEA-RA Delegate At Large
My Fellow UEA Members,
It has been my privilege to serve both the UEA and my local, Uintah County Education Association in various capacities over the past several years. I have served as the Elementary Representative of my local, Co-Vice President, Co- President, represented Utah at the NEA-Leadership Summit, had the opportunity to represent educators at EDOH and represented UEA as the Chair of the Rules and Resolutions Committee for the past two years. The past five summers I have been given the opportunity to represent my local and Utah as our delegate to the NEA-Representative Assembly. All of these opportunities have helped me to better understand our association’s purpose and to grow as a person.
While I was working at the NEA-RA, I noticed that many of our rural locals were underrepresented. It has been my privilege to serve Utah as NEA-RA Delegate-At-Large for the past two years. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue representing the smaller/rural locals in our state. Serving in this position would allow us as an association to better represent all of Utah at the RA. If elected, I will continue to do the hard work that is necessary to best represent the Utah Education Association’s members at the NEA-RA over the next three years. | Candidate Menu
Declared Candidates for the 2022 UniServ Elections (local service area)
- Kallyn Gren, candidate for Davis Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
- Marsha Curtis, candidate for Eastern Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Two-year term)
- Caren Burns, candidate for Granite Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Two-year term)
- Mike Mudrow, candidate for Northern Utah Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
- Isac Ernest, candidate for Ogden-Weber Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
- Alexandra Castellanos Smith , candidate for Ogden-Weber NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
- Christy Giblon , candidate for Woodland Peaks Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
Davis Director on the UEA Board of Directors
I have been a member of the Utah Education Association longer than I have been teaching—I first joined as a university student and have never looked back!
Through my time as an AR and an executive board member of the DEA, I have had the opportunity to receive training at the state and national level that has allowed me to develop my own leadership potential—and I am now looking to help other members with that same opportunity. I have seen amazing talent and potential in our district (I am looking at you!) and it is time to let it shine!
If we want our association to thrive, we have to engage our aspiring and early educators. I have experienced this firsthand and the amount that I have been able to learn and accomplish in this short time is beyond what I could have hoped. We need to continue this work to ensure that our Association has a strong future!
I am a proud graduate of Davis School District and from the moment I stopped being a student here, I knew that this is where I wanted to work. I have the great pleasure of living in the northern part of our district while working in both the central and southernmost areas. I know the communities and people that I would be representing in this position, which I feel, would greatly benefit me when making decisions that are in the best interests of our local. | Candidate Menu
Eastern Director on the UEA Board of Directors
Hello! My name is Marsha Curtis, and I am running for the position of Eastern Representative on the UEA Board of Directors. I have been an active member of the Association for fifteen years and I love being avoice for educators and for the students in our state.
I have served my local Association, Uintah County Education Association, as: ABLAssociation Building Leader for 9 years; Ethnic Minority representative for 4 years; Vice President for 2 years; President for 3 years; and I am currently serving as Past President. I have served on various UEA committees: Rules and Resolutions committee for 2 years; EMAC-Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee for 5 years; I was asked to serve on the Equity, Justice & Inclusion Task Force; and I am now currently serving as the interim Eastern Representative on the UEA Board of Directors.
As a representative for the Association in different leadership positions I feel I can represent Eastern on the UEA Board of Directors when the need arrives. I have experience in building relationships with many educators in the various leadership roles they hold in the local, state, and national level.
If I am elected to the position of Eastern Representative on the UEA Board of Directors I assure you I will do my best to promote collaboration and success in building positive relationships within our profession and then carrying it out into the community. These actions will elevate the teaching profession and bring more success for our students. | Candidate Menu
Granite Director on the UEA Board of Directors
I have been a member of GEA since I was a student teacher, which is longer than my 11 years in the classroom. The work that our association does is truly important and 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 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. As a 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.
I am also passionate about equity issues, especially in reference to the equal access we give students to succeed. 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 bring a strong perspective for the uniqueness of the Granite teaching experience to the UEA statewide table. | Candidate Menu
Northern Utah Director on the UEA Board of Directors
Mike comes from a big family of educators, many of whom are still working in Northern Utah, but he grew up in a state with over a thousand school districts where over 87 percent of the public school teachers are association members. He started his teaching career at the university, but he has been teaching in Utah high schools for over twenty years now.
He earned two masters degrees from Indiana University and was a Fulbright Scholar in the 1990s. Since 2007, he has been teaching world languages at Logan High School, and last year he was named the Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Utah Foreign Language Association. During his time in Logan, he was President of the Utah AATG and President of the Logan Education Association three times. He is also currently serving his third term as President of the Northern Utah UniServ, so he has seen his share of association meetings. This year, he felt that it was time to take his UEA involvement to the next level.
When he is not teaching or representing Utah teachers, Mike is an avid soccer fan who also coached soccer for several years, and he loves reading obscure history books. His favorite therapy after a long week in the trenches is rehearsing and performing with his classic rock band. He is looking forward to working more closely with our UEA staff, and he would appreciate your vote in this election. | Candidate Menu
Ogden-Weber Director on the UEA Board of Directors
My name is Isac Ernest and I have been an educator at Ogden High School for eight years and a local association board member the last two years.
The reason I want to run and become part of the UEA Board of Directors for the Ogden-Weber area is to achieve “The Gift of Time” for educators. Every vote I cast, every political leader I communicate with, and
every part of the association I work with will revolve around myself remembering the key question. “Are my actions leading to more time for educators to fulfill their passions?” This goal and question is extremely important because it will always allow educators to do what they do best, which is enrich the lives of their students and make our society a more inclusive and better place for all.
Every new potential member I get to communicate with will have my empathy, understanding and desire to allow them to use their time in the best way possible. The policy makers in the political field will learn from me that with the proper resources, manpower, and respect will lead public school teachers to continue to be the foundation of our communities. We live in a very diverse state and the “Gift of Time” will look different depending on location and circumstance. So, I want to ensure that every tool the association has at its disposal is used to research, enact, and review what will lead to achieving our goal in the quickest way possible. | Candidate Video | Candidate Menu
Ogden-Weber NEA-RA Successor Delegate
My name is Alexandra Castellanos Smith and I hope to be elected as the Ogden-Weber NEA-RA Successor Delegate because I firmly believe that I am a candidate with the compassion to listen to our teachers and
the drive to help further the educational profession.
I have a BA in Literature from Southern Utah University and an MA in Literature from Weber State University. I have worked in Weber School District as a Spanish, English, and Latinos in Action teacher for the last 4 years. During that time I have been a member of my professional associations in good standing. I have an intense passion for pedagogy, which is equaled only by my passion of advocacy for teachers and students.
I have spent the last few years working tirelessly with and for the WEA and UEA in any capacity that I am able. In 2020 I served as a Policy Ambassador for that legislative session. I have in the past and currently serve as a subcommittee lead for professional development on the Ethnic Minority Action Committee for the Ogden- Weber. I am also serving as a member of my districts’ Equity Justice, and Inclusion team and as an Association Building Leader for my school.
My strong professional background and tenacious advocacy efforts were noticed last year as I was the recipient of the 2021 UEA Excellence in Teaching award, the 2022 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2022 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. | Candidate Menu
Woodland Peaks Director on the UEA Board of Directors
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The 2022 UEA Election is now open and closes on Wednesday, February 19 at 5 p.m. It only takes a few minutes to vote and let your voice be heard.
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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 24, 2022.
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Running for UEA Office
Begining September 1, individuals who are active members for at least three years preceeding the election may declare your candidacy for UEA Office for the upcoming election year.
UEA Offices Subject to Election in 2022
UEA President (Three-year term)
UEA Vice President (Three-year term)
NEA RA Delegate At Large (Three-year term)
NEA RA Successor Delegate At Large (Three-year term)
Alpine NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (Two-year term)
Davis Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
Davis NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
Eastern Utah Director on the UEA Board of Directors* (Two-year term)
Eastern Utah NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (Two-year term)
Granite Director on the UEA Board of Directors* (One-year term)
High Desert NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (Two-year term)
Jordan NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (One-year term)
Northern Utah Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
Northern Utah NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
Ogden-Weber Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
Ogden-Weber NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
Wasatch NEA-RA Successor Delegate** (Two-year term)
Woodland Peaks Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)
Woodland Peaks NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-year term)
* To fill vacated, unexpired term
**Unfilled in previous election
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.”
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.”