Start Smart

MNEA helps new teachers get a good start


"Start Smart" is a handbook for beginning teachers. The handbook is filled with resources and information targeted to beginning teachers and their experiences in the first five years of their career. To get a copy of the MNEA Start Smart, contact your regional MNEA office or download a pdf version.

Student Dues Rebate -Were you an MNEA-Student member? When you become a teacher, continue your MNEA membership and you will receive a $20 rebate for every year you were a student member. Print a rebate form.

Reduced Dues - MNEA offers reduced dues to beginning teachers in qualifying districts. Call the MNEA membership department at (800) 392-0236 to see if you qualify for the reduced dues program. 

$100 Tuition Grant- Thanks to funding from Reliant Financial Services, MNEA members who are probationary teachers in their first five years of teaching can receive a $100 tuition grant toward the cost of a three-hour graduate course. 50 grants are awarded in October. Details...

Beginning Teacher Assistance Program - "I Can Do It" - Teacher certification in Missouri requires participation in a Beginning Teacher Assistance Program. MNEA and Maryville University have teamed up to offer a meaningful and convenient way for beginning teachers to receive a certificate verifying completion of this requirement. Attendees will also become a part of the Missouri NEA Beginning Teacher Network. Details...

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Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags  #MNEAheroes and  #MNEAprotects.