As President of the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA), I invite you to join the over 3,000 educators in Frederick County who belong to our professional organization. FCTA works to advocate, empower, and organize members to ensure an excellent and equitable public education for all students in Frederick County. From negotiating your contract and guiding you through the evaluation/tenure process, to giving you a voice on workgroups that collaborate with FCPS on professional issues, to providing professional development and organizing social events for members – FCTA is here to work with you.
You are entering FCPS at an incredibly challenging time as the impact of the pandemic has yet to be fully understood. FCTA has worked with FCPS from day one of this pandemic to maintain consistent communication with our members, which has allowed teacher feedback to be part of the collaborative process as we navigate this ever-changing environment. We in turn have been able to update members as events have been unfolding. This continuous loop of communication remains crucial with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This coming year we will work together to provide the most optimal conditions for teaching and learning.
The Frederick County Teachers Association offers a wide range of benefits that are crucial to your personal, financial, and professional security. The benefits of membership are among the many important reasons that 90% of your colleagues are FCTA members. In fact, using the savings offered through the NEA/MSEA Member Benefits Program can help cover the cost of your association dues and more (go to www.neamb.com and check out the money saving deals and discounts offered only to NEA members).
The strength of FCTA, MSEA, and NEA to advocate for public schools and public-school educators is found in the unity of our members. Today, more than ever, there are challenges facing public education and educators. Teachers, school counselors, media specialists, therapists, speech and language pathologists, social workers and other certificated staff need to stand together so that we have the power to meet these challenges in our community and beyond. By joining your professional association, you will have a voice in improving public education and the teaching profession.