Professional Educator Groups

Teacher unions attempt to give the impression that they speak for all teachers. In fact, the National Education Association's imposition of a unified dues structure in combination with the passage of legislation giving public sector unions monopoly bargaining privileges in many states has allowed the National Education Association and to a lesser degree, the American Federation of Teachers to impose its representation on many teachers who do not support unionism.

There is a growing trend throughout the country which is strongest in states, which have not adopted laws giving the unions monopoly privileges, for teachers to join and support independent organizations offering teachers an alternative to unionism. These organizations have about 300,000 members.

Some but not all of these independent organizations are involved in the Coalition of Independent Education Associations, which meets twice a year. Further information about this may be obtained through the Foundation.

The following is a list of independent educator organizations and links to their E-mail addresses and web sites, where available. The Foundation is providing this information as a service to educators and others who are interested in these organizations. The fact that they are listed on this page does not imply that they support the Foundation's goals or that they are in any way associated with the Foundation or with each other. We welcome contacts from independent educator organizations which we have neglected to list on this page.


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Association of American Educators 
Mr. Gary Beckner
27405 Puerta Real, 
Suite 230
Mission Viejo, California 92691
(949) 595-7979 (voice) 
(800) 704-7799 (voice) 
(949) 595-7970 (fax) 
Web site: 

Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) 
Mr. Finn Laursen, Executive Director
Membership Service Center
P.O. Box 45610
Westlake, Ohio 44145
(440) 250-9566 (voice) 
(888) 798-1124 (toll free) 
(440) 250-9584 (fax) 
Web site: 

The Association of Education Practitioners & Providers (AEPP) 
Ms. Chris Yelich, Executive Director
104 W. Main Street, #104
P.O. Box 348
Watertown, Wisconsin 53094
(800) 252-3280 (voice) 
(920) 206-1475 (voice) 
Web site:
E-mail: or


Alabama Conference of Educators (ACOE) 
Richard Andrews, Director
2715 Bell Road PMB #404
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-4366
(866) 266-2263
Web site: 


Arizona Professional Educators 
1424 S. Stapley Drive
Suite 215
Mesa, Arizona 85204
(888) 834-5182 (state) 
(602) 503-2737 (local) 
(602) 503-2830 (fax)

Mesa Independent Professional Educators 
Mr. Bill Ctibor
2464 E. Billings Street
Mesa, Arizona 85213


Arkansas Christian Educators Association
Jim Parsons
707 Turtle Creek Drive
Rogers, Arkansas 72756
(501) 631-7347

Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) 
Jody Parsons, Director
P.O. Box 5143
Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714
(877) 742-2782
(501) 876-2021
Web site: 


Professional Educators of Glendale 
Mr. Robert C. Edwards, Jr. 
1245 Moncado Drive
Gelndale, California 91207


The Professional Educators Network (PEN) of Florida, Inc.
PO Box 7277
Jacksonville, Florida 32238
(800) 311-7770 (state) 
(904) 778-7405 (local) 
(904) 771-0307 (fax) 
Web site:


Professional Association of Georgia Educators 
Dr. Barbara Christmas, 
Executive Vice President
P.O. Box 942270
Atlanta, Georgia 31141-2270
(800) 334-6861 (state) 
(770) 216-8555 (local) 
(770) 216-8589 (fax) 
Web site: 


Independent Educators of Idaho 
Mr. Don Goerg
432 8th Street
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401


Professional Educators of Illinois 
1453 Norman Drive
Palatine, Illinois 60067


Indiana Professional Educators 
Ms. Jane Ping
6919 East 10th Street #B-4
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219


Professional Educators of Iowa 
Mr. Jim Hawkins
974 73rd Street, Suite 14
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
(800) 734-0590(voice) 
Web Site:


Professional Educators Association of Kansas 
Mr. Fred W. Schultz
Route 3, Box 236
Baldwin, Kansas 66006

Kansas Association of American Educators (KANAAE) 
Doug Barnett, President
P.O. Box 3256
Olathe, Kansas 66063
(913) 764-3566 (voice) 
(877) 526-2232 (voice) 
(913) 764-3569 (fax) 
Web site: 


Kentucky Association of Professional Educators 
Ms. Ruth Green
PO Box 24506
Lexington, Kentucky 40524
(606) 278-7016 (voice) 
Fax same as phone. 


Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana 
Kathy Campbell
Executive Director
7907 Wrenwood Boulevard, Suite B
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
(800) 364-2735 (state) 
(225) 769-4005 (local) 
(225) 766-5053 (fax) 
Web site: 


Independent Association of Minnesota Educators 
Mr. Ben Thompson
411 North Payne
New Ulm, Minnesota 56073
(800) 324-8174


Mississippi Professional Educators 
Dr. Mel Buckley
Executive Director
629 North Jefferson Street
PO Box 22550
Jackson, Mississippi 39225-2550
(601) 355-5517 (voice) 
Fax same as phone.


Missouri State Teachers Association 
Mr. Kent King
PO Box 458
Columbia, Missouri 65205-0458
(314) 442-3127 (voice) 
(314) 443-5079 (fax) 
Web Site:

North Carolina

Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC) 
Ms. Pat Greene
5029 Falls of Neuse Road, 
Suite 214
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
(919) 874-0520 (voice) 
(919) 874-0507 (fax)


Georgetown Professional Educators 
Ms. Mary Ann Dvorachek
207 West Grant Avenue
Goergetown, Ohio 45121

Ohio Professional Teachers Association Independently Organized Non-coercively 
Mr. Richard Wingerter, 
Executive Director
6969 Stonecreek Avenue, N. E. 
North Canton, Ohio 44721
(330) 492-1687 (voice)


Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators
Mrs. Ginger Tinney
420 Cripple Creek Drive
Norman, Oklahoma 73071
Web Site:


Keystone Teachers Association 
Mr. Randy Hoffman
Box 868
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055
(717) 432-1727 (voice) 
(717) 432-8851 (fax) 

South Carolina

Palmetto State Teachers Association 
Ms. Elizabeth Gressette
Executive Director
2010 Gadsden Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
(803) 256-2065 (voice) 
(803) 779-2839 (fax)


Professional Educators of Tennessee 
Walter Jewell, Executive Director
Four Corporate Center, Suite 130
810 Cresent Center Drive
Franklin, Tennessee 37067
(800) 471-4867 (voice) 
(615) 778-0803 (voice) 
(615) 778-0149 (fax) 
Web Site:


Association of Texas Professional Educators 
Mr. Doug Rogers
Executive Director
505 East Huntland Drive, #250
Austin, Texas 78752
(512) 467-0071 (voice) 
(512) 467-2203 (fax) 
Web Site:

Texas Classroom Teachers Association 
PO Box 1489
Austin, Texas 78767


Virginia Professional Educators 
Tracey Bailey, Acting Executive Director
P.O. Box 885
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404-0885
(888) 873-9661
(540) 834-4091 (fax) 
Web site: 

Roanoake Professional Educators 
3601 Ferncliff Avenue, NW
Roanoake, Virginia 24017


Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) 
Jeff Leer, President
P.O. Box 28496
Spokane, Washington 99228-8496
(800) 380-NWPE(6973) 
(509) 466-1228
(509) 466-1229 (fax) 
Web site: 

West Virginia

West Virginia Professional Educators 
Mr. Ernest Page, Jr. 
Route 1, Box 25-B
Red House, West Virginia 25168
(304) 586-3451 (voice)