The WVEA was founded in 1865. Today, WVEA has nearly 15,000 members. The majority of members are pre K-12 classroom teachers and other K-12 certificated staff. The others are classified employees, including secretaries, custodians, classroom assistants, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other education support professionals. WVEA also includes higher education faculty and classified members as well as students enrolled in teacher education programs in West Virginia colleges and universities and retired members. Approximately 70 local associations in every school district in the state are affiliated with WVEA, which is a state affiliate of the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.
WVEA has nearly 25 full-time and part-time employees and is headquartered in Charleston, with other offices in Jane Lew, Wheeling, and Martinsburg. Member Advocacy Specialists and Organizational Development Specialists are located throughout the state, providing a variety of services to WVEA members.
The WVEA Delegate Assembly meets each spring and is WVEA’s top policy-making body. With nearly 250 delegates elected by local WVEA members, the DA elects the WVEA president and vice president every three years and also elects representatives to the NEA Board of Directors. The DA also elects members to the executive committee, which meets six to eight times a year to oversee policies set by the Delegate Assembly.
WVEA serves West Virginia’s students and its members as a leader in statewide and local school improvement programs, training WVEA members and assisting school districts on education reform issues. WVEA provides its members with these services: communications, community organizing, human relations, professional development, legal assistance, lobbying, member benefits, organizational development, political action, research and many other education-related programs.