The West Virginia Education Association is known as West Virginia's leading voice for public education. As the state's largest teacher organization, WVEA members work to protect educators' rights and fight for better school funding to ensure every student receives the high quality public education they deserve.
We are a voluntary membership organization made up of nearly 15,000 members. We get our strength from local members in nearly one hundred local affiliates and our association with the National Education Association!
Standing Together for Public Schools
The West Virginia Education Association knows it takes a team effort to give a child a world-class education. Our members include classroom teachers, custodians, library specialists, bus drivers and more. Each plays an important role in the education of every student. And together, we advocate for the resources and opportunities our students and our educators need to succeed.
West Virginia public schools are great because teachers, school staff, parents and community members work together. It takes all of us to teach our children the values and ideals that ensure they become life-long learners and responsible community members in the future.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic barreled into our lives, WVEA's driving concern has been and continues to be the safety of our students, their families and educators. The pandemic has shown the true value of public school educators as they organized hybrid or online instruction, provided meals and even internet access for their students and communities. WVEA members, in particular, found creative ways to reach and teach our students, supporting their students’ families financially and emotionally, and working longer hours and in ways they’ve never worked before.
Members Drive WVEA's Agenda
Local members elect delegates WVEA Delegate Assembly (DA) and together, WVEA members have input on the decisions that make our organization a powerful force in the education community. WVEA policy is determined by the DA, which is made up of nearly 250 delegates elected by members. WVEA's Executive Committee also sets policy and provides direction for our organization based on input from local educators.
WVEA is headquartered in Charleston for easy access to lawmakers and decision-makers. Approximately 20 staff members work on behalf of our organization. We also have three regional offices located throughout West Virginia.