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Welcome Back!


Hope you’ve had a restful break! Returning members, welcome back. Please take a moment to update your contact information.  

If you’re not yet a member of your professional association,  please join today!

BCEA provides a voice representing your interests on working conditions, salary and insurance, professional development and service opportunities,  and help in advocating for yourself if needed.  

We are the local affiliate of the Tennesse Education Association, which advocates for strong public education on the state level, legal advice, and even discounts on services you use daily. 

Longevity Step 17-18 school year


Considering retirement at the end of the 2017-2018 school year? Watch your school email for info about the longevity step from Human Resources.  It would help your income in your final year of teaching and during retirement.  

In order to qualify: 

  • File with Human Resources agreeing to retire at the end of the 17-18 school year by the deadline.  
  • Either (1) Have 30 or more years of service, with 10 consecutive years in Blount County Schools  OR (2) Be 60 or more years of age with 10 consecutive years in Blount County Schools. 

Please be aware that if you do file the paperwork with HR, you are firmly agreeing to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year in order to take advantage of  the longevity step. 

Notice about how and when to inform HR about your intent to retire at the end of the 17-18 should be emailed to you soon on your school system email.  

The longevity step is a part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Education Collaborative Conferencing team and the Blount County Education Association Collaborative Conferencing team. Under this MOU, the longevity step will be available through the 2018-2019 school year. If you have questions about this MOU or the Collaborative Conferencing process, please contact your building level Association Representatives or email 

ESP Conference-share with your assistants and other support staff!


April 22, 2017 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

1) access the benefits of membership, from representation on the job to financial resources for the whole family; 2) understand their rights on the job; 3) improve communication skills when having cruicial or critical conversations with co-workers, supervisors, parents and students; and 4) properly manage money & credit. 

Registration link at

TEA Webinar on Classroom Management Mar. 14


  • Mar. 14, 2017: Classroom Management

All webinars will be from 6-7 p.m. CST. If you are interested in participating in these webinars, please e-mail Deborah Bonner We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact William O’Donnell at800.342.8367 or e-mail

PD opportunity! Spring Symposium 


Chattanooga,  March 31-April 1

An excellent opportunity to attend quality professional development sessions, enjoy keynote speakers, and spend time with fellow educators from across the state. 

More info & Register Here

TEA Minority Affairs Conference 


March 24-25. Register at the link below. 

ThJohnella Martin/TEA Statewide Minority Affairs Conference is designed to provide an opportunity for ethnic minority members of the Tennessee Education Association to receive pertinent information and training to assist them in their profession and community outreach.

Read Across Tennessee!


Dig Into Books with Ruffy the reading dog! Blount County teachers are all about reading-What’s your favorite Read Across America activity?  

Find resources here:

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