March 28 2018 FEA Europe Update

Terry's Update

March 28, 2018

1. FEA Europe Election Results
2. DLA Site/Retirement Info
3. Article of Indebtedness
4. FRS Elections
6. Women's History Month
7. Honors Music Concert (video)
8. Mark Your Calendar
9. Traveling for Spring Break
10. NEA Foundation Award (Deadline 1 April)
11. Area Director's Travel

1. Europe FEA Election Results

Division Representative EE1
Dr. Susan Kelly

Division Human & Civil Rights
Felicia Raymundo

Division Representative EE2
Stephen James

Division Human & Civil Rights
Cheyenne Schaefer

Division Representative EEW
Anita Lang

Division Human & Civil Rights
John C. Crowe

Europe Human & Civil Rights
Patricia Hannon

FEA Representative to the NEA Representative Assembly
Brian Chance
William Dawson
William Herb
Amy Rush
Michael Priser

Vote totals will be published on the FEA website

2. DLA Site/Retirement info -- This site will give you a close estimate to ‘certify your time in service'. It also should be noted you will need this before getting your paperwork in order for retirement. Attached also is the Power Point for retirement that HR Supervisory Specialist Richard Crisp uses for his presentations.

3. Article of DoDEA's inefficiency -- A great article from a military spouse about the hiring problems and indebtedness letter in DoDEA that keep coming for ‘life'! She says "I don't want anyone to think that I dislike DoDEA schools or teachers. It's the opposite. I had amazing colleagues. The teachers, administrators, and staff I worked with are amazing professionals, dedicated to their careers and students. DoDEA schools are generally well-regarded among military families. They provide a continuity and quality of education that helps ensure student success." Read that article here.

4. FRS Elections - It is nearing the time of year (usually late April in to May) when schools will be choosing their Faculty Representative Spokesperson for SY 18/19. This is a very important task and I hope that all schools will do all they can to run open, fair and transparent elections. Current FRS's will be provided with the SOP for such elections that was adopted by the FEA-European Area Council (EAC). Please note that most of what is in the SOP are recommendations as the election of a FRS is a very local matter.

5. VLTP -- I have noticed more and more names of members being approved for VLTP coming in to my mail box. The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program allows us to donate leave to others who have exhausted their own leave, generally due to illness of either themselves or of family members. I often wonder if the stresses of our job situations don't help to acerbate this situation. Regardless, the deeper we get in to the school year the harder we find it to donate, as we can only donate APL days at this time, a situation I would hope we could eventually have changed. If you are in a position to do so, please consider helping these members who often find themselves in rather dire straits. You merely need to pick a recipient and fill out the forms that you will get in your school office. You'll feel good for having done it.

6. Women's History Month -- This is Women's History Month. Since 1910, March 8 has been observed as International Women's Day by people around the world. Thus, March was chosen for National Women's History Month in the United States. This link will provide you with many useful tools to celebrate this month. Click here.

7. Honors Music Concert -- Here is just another example of how great our DoDDS students can be with the help of great teaching from our colleagues. The DoDDS Honors Music Concert 2018 from last week will stream from this site, and is definitely worth a watch! Thank you Tom Wright for the video. Click here.

8. Mark Your Calendar
March 18-22 -- Model United States Senate (MUSS)
March 19-23 -- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
March 25 -- Europe Daylight Savings Time begins (this coming weekend)
March 29 -- Math Counts
April 1-8 -- Spring Break
April 12-15 -- DoDEA Europe Drama Festival

9. Traveling for Spring Break -- For those of you traveling during the upcoming Spring Break, here are some travel tips. Make sure you have copies of all your passports and other important documents stored separately from the originals when you travel. Make sure you have up-to-date contact information in your wallet or purse in the event of an accident or sudden illness, etc. You may want to include local (European) contact information as well as stateside contacts. It is also a good idea to let a colleague know your travel plans and contact numbers in case of emergency. And, should you find yourself ‘stuck' in an airport then the guide that you can find here might prove valuable. Click here.

10. NEA Foundation Award -- Each year the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary. All state affiliates, including FEA, are allowed to nominate one candidate a year (we are looking for a nominee for 2018 -- our 2017 nominee was Michael Pope from Japan). The application is attached and the deadline for submission of all materials to FEA is April 1, 2018 and should be sent to the Washington FEA Office at 1201 16th St. NW, Suite 117 Washington D.C. 20036 or scanned to Gary Hritz at ( For further information see the attachments.

11. Area Director's Travel -- I will be in Vilseck, Graf, Netz on 27 March, Wiesbaden 28 March, and Kaiserslautern 29 March attending functions in those areas with NEA Executive Director, HT Nguyen, and Chuck McCarter. If there is any ‘Breaking News' I will distribute it as quickly as possible. Visiting the FEA website at will also give you up to the minute information.

Terry McClain
FEA Europe
Area Director