CEA’s new president and vice president officially began their terms this week, and they’re looking forward to working with members across the state to champion public education and the teaching profession.
CEA President and Cheshire teacher Jeff Leake, who has been CEA vice president for the past six years as well as president of the Connecticut Education Foundation, is an ardent supporter of collective bargaining rights, which increasingly have been under fire around the country.
Leake says, “Collective bargaining lifts up everyone and empowers teachers to fight for the rights of their students and public education. We must not forget that teachers need the right to collectively negotiate for decent, equitable pay, affordable healthcare, quality schools, and vibrant communities.”
CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, a Manchester school social worker, had previously served as CEA treasurer since 2012. He has also served on numerous CEA boards and committees, and his positions have included county director, past NEA director, and local association president.
“With all the attacks on public education,” he says, “it is crucial to continue working with legislators and the State Department of Education to ensure adequate and equitable funding for our public schools.”