Joslyn DeLancey was elected vice president of the Connecticut Education Association in 2021. She also serves as president of CEA’s nonprofit arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation.
Previously, she was an elementary school teacher for 17 years in Darien, where she served for six years as president of the Darien Education Association and led professional development in math curriculum, writers workshop, teacher evaluation, and best practices for virtual instruction.
As local president, she worked to ensure diverse representation on various committees and served on contract negotiations and bargaining teams that secured important benefits and protections for teachers, including salary increases, nonbirth and adoptive parental leave, bereavement days, and more. She was also actively engaged in statewide campaigns on issues ranging from protecting teacher pensions to ensuring school safety during the pandemic—mobilizing members to advocate for positive change through public awareness and legislative action.
Active in her school community, she volunteered on her school’s Safe Climate Committee, Green Team, and Safety Patrol Squad and attended every school fundraiser and retirement celebration.
Prior to her tenure as DEA president, DeLancey advocated for her colleagues in the role of vice president as well as building representative and regularly participated as a delegate at CEA’s Representative Assembly. She has presented at CEA Summer Leadership Conferences, sat on panels for New Presidents, attended NEA’s Organizing and Communications Training, and helped plan and implement CEA’s Sick Schools Initiative. She has also served on CEA’s Equity Task Force and its Board of Directors (Fairfield County).
At the local level, DeLancey strongly encouraged colleagues to participate in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s annual Holiday Bear project to support schoolchildren in need—an initiative she has taken the lead on as president of CEF.