Voices for Public Education


  • “Keeping the Promise means giving every child the opportunity to reach for the stars -- both literally and metaphorically. ”

    Bonnie Cullison

    Former President, Montgomery County Education Association
  • “Supporting new and creative ways for educators to be more effective enables them to be leaders in their profession and advocate for public education.”

    Sean Corcoran

    NEA Foundation Board Member, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development
  • “As teachers, we must bring the world to our students, think critically, facilitate empathy, and inspire action to change the world.”

    Carah Casler

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, ESOL Educator
  • “Music helps develop student empathy and understanding of others. Their compassion grows, and students will find better versions of themselves.”

    Drue Haarsager

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Social Studies Teacher
  • “Sharing my time with the NEA Foundation Board helps fulfill our collective obligation to ensure all children have a gateway to opportunity.”

    Pedro DeJesus Jr.

    NEA Foundation Board Member, Executive Vice President, Tampico Beverages
  • “Our promise of public education is that students will become productive, empathetic, and democratic members of society.”

    Debra McDonald

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Early Childhood Educator, Wayne County Schools
  • “Keeping the promise of public education means keeping the vibrancy of communities; the strength of families; and the foundation of democracy.”

    Kevin A. Anderson

    Chair, NEA Foundation, Senior Vice President of National Partnerships, Everfi, Inc.
  • “I work to make every child feel valued. The cornerstone of our society is a free, high quality public education for all students. ”

    Gay Beck

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Kindergarten Teacher, Alpine School District
  • “It has truly been inspiring to see how the NEA Foundation empowers educators to enhance what they do for kids. The impact is a never ending journey. ”

    Sändra Walker

    NEA Foundation Board Member, Physical Education Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools
  • “The NEA Foundation Board keeps the Promise alive by supporting innovative ideas that enhance the work that happens every day in our public schools.”

    Katherine Underwood

    NEA Foundation Board Member, Former President and Representative, National Council of Urban Education Associations
  • “I keep the promise of public education by expanding my education background in order to prepare my students for the growing world of aviation.”

    Josh Underwood

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Science Teacher, Mason County High School
  • “Keeping the promise of public education means continuing to show your students that there's excitement in learning and that knowledge is power.”

    Anna Smith

    NEA Foundation Staff Member
  • “By providing a global based education that focuses on the whole child, natural student curiosity, and fun, I keep the promise of public education.”

    Michael Pope

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Science (STEM) Educator, Zama Middle High School
  • “Keeping the Promise includes thanking these inquisitive, engaged, and generous educators for all that they do for our students.”

    Susan Burk

    Former NEA Foundation Staff
  • “Keeping the promise of public education means supporting educators with the finest resources that honor students' diversity and engage them.”

    Kyle Zimmer

    NEA Foundation Partner, President and CEO, First Book
  • “I am grateful for the NEA Foundation's support of my professional growth, helping me bring the real world into my class.”

    Melissa Collins

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Second Grade Teacher, John P. Freeman Optional School
  • “For immigrant parents like mine, dreams of a better life for their children can be fulfilled when we keep the promise of public education.”

    Vivian Tseng, PhD

    Senior Vice President, William T. Grant Foundation
  • “By joining together as educators, students, parents, and policymakers, we help protect and preserve public education as a crucial civil right.”

    Sara A. Sneed

    NEA Foundation President & CEO
  • “As an NEA Foundation Global Fellow and Math Teacher, I strive to improve my students’ problem solving skills and increase their global competence.”

    Mary Pinkston

    NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Math Educator, Brandywine High School
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