UEA Welcomes New Associate Professionals

Two new associate professional staff members joined the Utah Education Association in recent weeks.

Marjean Wayment was selected as Membership Associate Professional to replace Parker Haile who left in July 2022. Prior to joining the UEA staff, Wayment taught fourth and fifth grade in Weber School District for 17 years and spent another 12 years as a school volunteer, serving in various PTA leadership roles and substitute teaching.

“I have always felt that any professional should be a part of their professional association,” said Wayment. “So, it was an easy choice to join right from the beginning of my teaching career. In doing so, I have met so many fascinating and inspiring people. Public education is such an important part of growth and strength for us as individuals and our country. Working for UEA is my next journey in supporting all those in public education to continue that growth and strength.”

Wayment served in the Weber Education Association as Building Leader (ABL) and local Board member. She also served on the UEA Board of Directors representing the Ogden-Weber UniServ where her committee assignments included Organizing and Membership, Elections and the UEA Children At Risk Foundation.

Eric Blackham joins the UEA as Government Relations and Political Action Associate Professional. He is a professional educator having taught 11 years, the last six years at Canyon View High School in Cedar City. He was a mentor teacher for both math and non-math teachers.

“I have a passion for helping people both adults and children,” said Blackham. “I am looking forward to advocating for Utah teachers as they have little extra time to do it for themselves.”

Blackham graduated Cum Lade from Utah State University in Math/Stats Composite Secondary Education. Prior experience includes eight years with the Boeing company and in the automotive industry. He has served on the board of directors for the Utah Council of Mathematics since 2014.

Blackham replaces Carrie Call who retired in August 2022 after 16 years in the position.