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You may be retired from your career in education, but we know that many of you are still living the good fight for public schools.

Public education and educators face challenges that require the resolve and support of its members -- all of its members, both active and retired. NEA needs your support, your wisdom, and your leadership to forge a path forward. Joining Missouri NEA-Retired gives you the opportunity to remain engaged on important issues facing students, education, and educators.

Retiring this school year? Let us know >>

Three ways to join

1) Join Online 

2) Print & Mail

3) Contact Us

If you would like to talk to someone about membership, Olivia Compton would be happy to assist you. Please contact Olivia at (417) 569-1402 or by email at

Run for MNEA-Retired officer or delegate

Deadline: March 15, 2023

Now is the time to declare your candidacy for the MNEA-Retired election. MNEA-Retired members will elect officers and delegates to the NEA-Retired Meeting, NEA RA, and MNEA RA during an online election taking place April 14-20.

Open Officer Positions (2-year terms): President, Vice President, Historian, Budget, and FOUR Executive Council Members-at-Large seats 

Open Delegate Positions (1-year terms): Five delegates to attend the NEA-Retired and NEA Representative Assemblies (June 29 - July 6, 2023, in Orlando, FL) and 12 delegates to attend the MNEA Representative Assemblies

Submit your form today


Join the Organization Working for You

Join MNEA-Retired

Don't wait until you retire to join.

You can join pre-retired at any time, even while you are still receiving a paycheck from your school district. In essence, you can "pre-pay" for your MNEA Lifetime Retired membership, and it will just roll over when you notify us that you have retired.

For a one-time lifetime subscription fee of $500 or $75 annually, MNEA-Retired membership provides:

  • $4 million liability-protection policy when substituting in the public schools (up to 550 hours a year). 
  • Membership in a powerful, active, retiree organization that understands the value of public education.
  • A subscription to the informative, high-quality quarterly NEA Today for NEA-Retired Members, Something Better, and pre-retirement planning information to give you a head start on enjoying a financially secure retirement.
  • Leadership opportunities including voting and holding office in your retired organization and participation in literacy, mentoring, early career educator, and lobbying projects.
  • Continuing membership keeps you eligible for NEA Member Benefits:
    • Liability Insurance 
    • MNEA Member Benefits
    • Long-Term Care Insurance
    • Medicare Supplemental Insurance
    • Financial Planning & Credit programs
    • Two free 30-minute legal consultations per year for personal matters
    • Discounts on Restaurants, Travel & Entertainment  

Get involved in MNEA-Retired

Publications & Subscriptions

As a member of MNEA-Retired, there are a variety of publications and mailing lists that you may be interested in, all of which are free to members. 

FocusFocus Newsletter

Subscribe to the electronic mailing list to receive the following by email:

MNEA-Retired Focus newsletter (Click to see past issues)
News and Informational Alerts 



Pocket Calendar

Pocket Calendar


Something Better Other Publications

View other MNEA publications at

PSRS-PEERS Meeting Reports
State Board of Education & MACCE Reports
In the Loop e-newsletter
Something Better magazine 
Legislative Update 

MNEA-Retired members will also be subscribed to the NEA-Retired magazine. 

MNEA-R Staff and Leaders

MNEA-Retired Staff

MNEA Field Manager (West) and MNEA-R Staff Liason: Chastity Young
(816) 548-4357 |

MNEA-R and Regional Administrative Assistant: Tracy Flaherty
(417) 569-1402 |


Executive Council

The MNEA-R Executive Council, elected at the annual meeting, plans the programs for MNEA-R and is the liaison between MNEA and NEA.

Terry Reger
MNEA-Retried President Terry Reger

MNEA-Retired President
Terry Reger

Email Terry

Vice President: Georgia Brady
Past-President: Carol Weatherford
Secretary/Treasurer: Joyce Bluett
Historian: Janet Leachman
Budget Chair: JoWanda Bozeman 
Communications: Holly Garrett 

At-Large Committee Members
Holly Garrett
Lisa Kickbush
Susan McClintic
Kassie Payne
Beth Ann Roland
Bill Stewart
Jim Ward
Susan Whitehead-Clark

PAC Council
Greg Meyer
Nancy Copenhaver


State and National Representation

Retired MNEA-R members serve as elected state and national representatives to MNEA and NEA Representative Assemblies and serve on the MNEA and NEA Boards of Directors.

Linda Innes currently represents MNEA-R members on the MNEA Board of Directors.

Please check the NEA-Retired page for the national leadership, including the executive officers and board of directors. 

MNEA-Retired Webinar Series

Missouri NEA Retired is offering a series of virtual trainings. There is no cost for the trainings. Click on each session to watch. 

Voting during a Pandemic
Watch Now >
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Presenters: Liz Zerr and Mark Jones
MNEA Plans to Get Out The Vote. Learn about the different options and processes for voting in the midst of COVID-19. We will cover important dates, the differences between mail-in and absentee ballots and other voting options. Learn tips and techniques to mobilize others to vote.

Ben Franklin: Printer, Scientist, Diplomat 
Watch Now >
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Presenter: Bill Stewart
Perhaps our best-known founding father, Franklin is a fascinating figure from our nation's birth. This presentation will begin by discussing Franklin's early life, as well as his work as a printer in colonial Philadelphia. We will then take a look at his considerable scientific contributions and finally his indispensable work in creating the United States of America from a collection of diverse colonies.

NEA Member Benefits
Watch Now >
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Presenter: Darby Boyd
Learn how to maneuver the website. Review the various benefits that are available to you from insurance to travel discounts.

Fall Reading List and Book Reviews 
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Bev Vogt reviews “Where The Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
JoWanda Bozeman reviews “THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
Susan McClintic reviews “Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek”, by Kim Michele Richardson
Andrea Schoo reviews “Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes
Paul F. Reger reviews "The Splendid and the Vile" by Erik Larson
Joyce Bluett reviews “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead
Carol Weatherford reviews “GREAT SMALL THINGS” by Jodi Picoult with a quick reference to “JUST MERCY” by Bryan Stevenson

CHEER Fund Helps Educators

Caring Help for Education Endeavors by Retirees was formed by MNEA-Retired to be a public benefit by enhancing the learning conditions of Missouri's children. CHEER provides opportunities for MNEA-Retired members to reach out to public school district employees, particularly early career educators, and provide financial and material resources such as, but not limited to the following: 

  • Providing needed school supplies for classrooms or teachers. 
  • Enhancing workspaces for teachers and school personnel.
  • Funding literacy projects.
  • Funding teacher training opportunities.
  • Promoting volunteerism.
  • Participating in programs that relieve poverty.
  • Promoting school readiness.

CHEER Fund Request application must be received by Feb. 1 each year. The MNEA-Retired President or designee(s) will review applications before funds are awarded. If applications are approved, applicants and sponsors will be notified around March 15 and funds will be awarded soon after. 

Apply for a Grant 


Contributions to the CHEER Fund are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. You can choose to contribute by mailing in a check or online using your debit or credit card. Through the online donation form, you have the option of limiting your contribution to a one-time donation or recurring donation.  

Make a Contribution

35th Anniversary of MNEA-Retired 

MNEA-R is proud of its legacy and members who continue to prove that MNEA-Retired is “Something Better” for retired educators of Missouri. In April 2022, MNEA-Retired gathered to commemorate 35 years with the theme "Celebrating Our Past. Focused on Our Future."

Download the slide show to view pictures and stories from the last 35 years.