Contract Addendum Ratified!

August 24 and 25, instructional personnel voted to ratify the 2020-21 Addendum to the Master Contract as well as the Pandemic MOU. The documents can be found in the “Master Contract” drop down menu above.

OCEA Members are 2021 Teacher of the Year Nominees!

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

Contract Addendum Ratified!

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.

OCEA Retirement Banquet


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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!

Liberty Mutual for OCEA Members

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Contract Settlement Vote April 4, 2018

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.

Ratification Document complete 2017-18


H&R Block for FEA Members

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.


Sales Tax Holiday Aug 4 – 6

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