Who We Are

Since its founding in 1857, KEA and its members have been champions for public education, children, and the employment rights of public school employees. This advocacy has taken the form of lobbying for improved education funding, safe schools, better materials, smaller class sizes, and the empowerment of school employees and parents.

KEA is a voluntary membership organization for school employees. KEA has a broad base of member practitioners in public education, including K-12 public school teachers and classified support professional employees, school administrators, the Workforce Development Cabinet, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), college students preparing to become teachers, and retired educators.

KEA is affiliated with the National Education Association and has local affiliates in every school district. It is the largest professional association in Kentucky.

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States. 

Associate Staff:

Kay Brock: Kay.brock@kea.org

Gwendolyn Cowan: gwen.cowan@kea.org

UniServ Director: James Patton – Service Area: Berea EA, Berea Indep  KESPA, East Bernstadt, Harrison Co EA, Harrison Co. KESPA, Jessamine Co. EA, Jessamine Co. KESPA, Laurel Co. EA, Laurel Co. KESPA, Madison Co. EA, Madison Co. KESPA, Rockcastle Co., Scott Co. EA, Scott Co. Co. KESPA

Peace Ifeacho – Service Area: Anderson Co. EA, Anderson Co. KESPA, Boyle Co. EA, Burgin EA, Danville EA, Frankfort EA, Frankfort, Indep KESPA, Franklin Co. EA, Garrard Co. EA, Kentucky School for the Deaf, KSD House Parents KESPA, Lincoln Co. EA, Lincoln Co. KESPA, Mercer Co. EA, Woodford Co. EA

Rosalind Bryant – Service Area:  Bourbon County EA, Fayette County KESPA

Rob Tye – Service Area:  Fayette County EA, Fayette County KESPA

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