About TEA

Our mission

The mission of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) is to promote, advance and protect public education, the education profession, and the rights and interests of our members.

Tennessee's Teachers
We are the state's largest professional organization representing over 46,000 elementary and secondary teachers, school administrators, education support professionals, higher education faculty, and students preparing to become teachers.

TEA actively advocates learning without limits, and our work centers around our core values - community, effectiveness, independence, justice, relevancy, success, unity, and the worth and dignity of individuals.

Strategic Objectives

  • TEA will define and pursue improvements and appropriate funding for quality public education.
  • TEA will advocate autonomy, appropriate preparation and the highest standards for the education profession.
  • TEA will seek compensation and working conditions necessary to attract and retain highly qualified education employees.
  • TEA will initiate, preserve and strengthen advocacy programs.
  • TEA will enroll its maximum membership potential and encourage greater member participation in the organization.
  • TEA will provide the organization structure and budget to accomplish our mission.

TEA has local affiliates in every school district in the state. We are also affiliated with the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and its local affiliates. We are the sponsors of the Student TEA program and the proud state affiliate of the National Education Association 

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