OCEA has awarded scholarships to the graduating seniors and children of two of our OCEA members. Journey Washingtonhigh is the daughter of OCEA member Yolonda Washington and Clara Beth is the daughter of member Jamie LaFollette. Click here to read more about these outstanding students!
Congratulations to our OCEA members who were nominated as their school’s Teacher of the Year! Congratulations!
|Baker School||Linda Peaden|
|Bluewater Elementary School||Claire Erk|
|Bob Sikes Elementary School||Natalie Richter|
|Bruner Middle School||Lisa Kristine Ryland|
|Choctawhatchee High School||Becky Perez|
|Crestview High School||Melissa Brown|
|Davidson Middle School||Tammie Portillo|
|Destin Elementary School||Donna Barton|
|Destin Middle School||Patrick Carnahan|
|Edge Elementary School||Lora Phillips|
|Edwins Elementary School||Chelley DeGennaro|
|Eglin Elementary School||Dorothy Negley|
|Elliott Point Elementary School||Belinda Blalock|
|Florosa Elementary School||Felisha Carnley|
|Fort Walton Beach High School||Devon LaMonica|
|Kenwood Elementary School||Allison Pulliam|
|Laurel Hill School||Kimberly Chandler|
|Lewis School||Bethany Culps|
|Longwood Elementary School||Diane Dunn|
|Mary Esther Elementary School||Terri Hudgens|
|Meigs Middle School||Jared Hill|
|Niceville High School||Justin Reichard|
|Northwood Elementary School||Adelia Slade|
|Okaloosa STEMM Academy||Jennifer Mallet-Smith|
|Plew Elementary School||Stephanie Leavins|
|Pryor Middle School||Dana Mayer|
|Richbourg School||Natalie Paige Saludez|
|Riverside Elementary School||Megan Creel|
|Ruckel Middle School||Allison Marello|
|Shalimar Elementary School||Peggi Jeffcoat|
|Shoal River Middle School||Melaine Rose|
|Silver Sands School||Dr. Anita Dunn|
|Southside Primary School||Candis Sharon|
|Walker Elementary School||Deloris Meadows|
|Wright Elementary School||Laura McCormack Steele|
The 2019-2020 Addendum to the Master Contract was ratified on Tuesday, August 13 by a vote of 1227 – 29. The half-percent improvement to the salary schedules will be paid in the August paycheck. The step and balance for those on Pay for Performance will be paid in the paycheck after the 2018-19 teacher evaluation scores have been finalized. All student performance data must be received for everyone before the final scores can be completed.
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OCEA honored retiring OCEA members at a dinner held at Compass Rose Events in Valparaiso on May 17, 2018. Congratulations to our retirees and thank you for your years of service to your students and supporting your Association!
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On April 4, 2018, all instructional personnel will be asked to vote to approve the 2017-18 Addendum to the Master Contract at each school. The document with salary schedules may be viewed below. Look for the voting notice at your school for time and location of voting. If approved by both the bargaining unit and the school board, salary changes including retroactive pay back to the first day of each employee’s contract will be included in the April paycheck.
The FEA local union-owned company, Creative Benefits for Educators, has partnered with the largest national income tax preparation services company, H&R Block, to provide special savings and benefits for FEA members – new customers to H&R Block will receive a $25 discount, and returning FEA members will receive “Tax Identity Shield” fraud protection ($35 value) free for the year. H&R Block has offices throughout Florida, and in most cases there is an office within 5 miles of nearly every OCEA member. H&R Block tax preparers have an average eight years of experience in preparing returns so no return is too large, or too small, for them to assist. Click here for the coupon and tax return preparation checklists for educators.
During the 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 4 through Aug. 6, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item. For more information and a list of qualifying items, visit www.floridarevenue.com.
Click the link for information from FEA if you are retiring, have been non-renewed or placed in lay-off.