Aspiring Educators

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Join NowWe are the present. We are the future. 

The MNEA Aspiring Educators Program, an affiliate of the NEA Aspiring Educators program, is the leading voice for the next generation of educators. Over 50,000 members in 1,100 college campus chapters across the nation belong to the program, which began as the Student National Education Association in 1937 and eventually became part of the National Education Association as the NEA Student Program. The new name "Aspiring Educators" reflects the passion, commitment, and vision of members who believe in public education and its potential to uplift individuals, families, and communities.

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MNEA-Aspiring Educators Staff & Leaders

Missouri NEA Headquarters
1810 E Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101
(800) 392-0236

MNEA-AE Coordinator and Field Manager East 
Shannon Weber
(314) 584-1302 |

MNEA-AE Administrative Assistant
Roxane Bly
(573) 644-9606 |


2023-2024 Leadership Council

Aspiring Educators Chair
Faron Haase, Missouri State University

Aspiring Educators Vice Chair
Max Hull, Park University

Aspiring Educators Secretary
Madison Haynes, Missouri State University

Campus Representative
Janei Jackson, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Campus Representative
Lily Martin, Missouri State University

Get Involved in MNEA-Aspiring Educators

Organize a chapter on your campus

Are you a college student passionate about entering your career in education? Do you want to meet and network with others on your campus, around the state and nation who share your passion? Learn more about organizing an MNEA-AE chapter on your campus by contacting MNEA's AE Coordinator at (314) 584-1302 or

Become an education leader and advocate

MNEA has a number of ways for college students to get involved in the Association. Your energy and voice matter.

  • Attend MNEA R.A.s.
  • Attend trainings to prepare for your career 
  • Become an Education Advocate at the capitol
  • Team up with a recently retired member 
  • Become a mentor to a high-school student

Financial and Career Resources


What are the top reasons to join? student

  • Scholarship opportunities that only MNEA-Aspiring Educators are eligible for. 
  • Legal Protection you can count on. $4 million in professional liability and additional payment for legal fees for most civil and some criminal lawsuits arising out of job-related incidents and a free one-hour consultation with an attorney for personal legal matters. 
  • Great opportunity to become a leader in your local, state & national associations.
  • Publications to assist you as you begin your career in education
    • Start Smart, a beginning teacher handbook
    • Salary Benchmarks & Rankings, a comparison of school district salaries in Missouri
    • Something Better, MNEA's award-winning magazine
    • NEA Today
  • Big savings to more than 700,000 locations throughout the nation, state, and community.
  • $20 student dues rebate for every year you were enrolled in Aspiring Educators when you join an NEA affiliate after graduation.


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Praxis Blended Learning Courses

NEA Teacher Quality launched Praxis Blended Learning sessions to assist Aspiring Educators study for the Praxis Core exams (and some content). These 90-minute weekly virtual sessions are free to NEA members and run for 4-6 weeks. There are multiple courses and times to choose from.

While Missouri uses its own Missouri Content Assessments rather than Praxis tests for certification, there are enough similarities to make these sessions helpful to Aspiring Educators in Missouri. Find information specific to Missouri Content Assessments, including study guides and practice tests at

Please contact Tiffany Cain - with any questions.

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