All election ballots must be postmarked by May 4, 2023.
NEA-Retired provides retired members with the dignity that comes with being a part of an active, and still growing, family of educators. It’s a great way to stay well informed on local, state and national developments affecting public schools and school employees, and to volunteer in civic and educational affairs.
Whether you will retire soon from your career in education or you have recently retired, your experience is valued as a member of NEA-Retired.
Benefits of Retired Membership
- Access to services that can be provided only by NEA-NM’s professional staff, including NEA-NM’s Attorney Referral Service
- Representation on the NEA-NM Board of Directors and NEA-NM EdPAC
- Stay involved in the political and legislative activities of NEA-NM
- Support lobbying issues that directly affect retirees and benefits
- Get involved in political efforts by reviewing records and offering advice on support for political candidates.
NEA-Retired members are also eligible to enroll in NEA’s Member Benefits program, which includes access to:
- NEA-Member Care Program
- Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance
- Money Market and Certificate Deposit
- Homeowners and Renters Insurance
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
- Car Rental Discount Service
- National Credit Card Service
- Individual Retirement Account
Your NEA-NM Retired Leadership
- Carol Teweleit, President
- Judy Pingel, Vice President
- Eduardo Holguin, Secretary
SW – Rosalinda Carreón Altamirano
NE/NC — Mary Howard
Central – Bobbie Stratton
SE – Dora Martinez
NW – James Conyers
NEA-NM Board of Directors Members Representing Retired
Alternates to The NEA-NM Board of Directors
NEA-NM EdPAC Committee Members Representing Retired
Rosalinda Carreon Altamirano
Mary Lou Cameron
Alternates to the NEA-NM EdPAC Committee
Questions about your retiree benefits?
First, try contacting the New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority at 1-800-233-2576. If you have further questions contact us.
NEA-NM Retired News
2023 NEA-Retired Nominations Now Open
Nominations are now being accepted for the NEA-Retired 2023 elections. Retired members wanting to file for office may use this link: 2023 Retired Candidate Nomination Form to file electronically (the preferred filing method), or may use the nomination form found in the winter edition of the Retired magazine.
The changes to the upcoming elections are:
- All nominations submissions are due on the same day, at the same time: no later than 5:00 pm EST (close of business), May 1, 2023.
- For the first time, this filing deadline includes nominations for NEA-Retired seats on the NEA Resolutions Committee. No Retired Resolutions nominations will be accepted later, as has been the previous NEA-Retired practice.
NEA Retired Conference
I was honored to have the opportunity to attend the NEA Retired Conference. Joy, Justice, Excellence: The Strength of Educators, The Brilliance of Students, The Power of Community, THE EXPERIENCE OF RETIRED. The conference encompassed the following Leadership Competencies: Advocacy; Communication; Governance and Leadership; Leading Our Professions; Organizing; Strategy and Fiscal Health; and Social Emotional Intelligence.
Carol Teweleit, NEA-NM Retired President, Judy Pingel, NEA-NM Retired Vice President and I attended as a representative on the Grant Committee. We flew out of El Paso and arrived in San Francisco late Saturday night. Sunday was a day of meetings and Opening Ceremonies and speakers to include current NEA Retired President Sarah Borgman, this is Sarah’s last year, I am so glad I got to meet her personally. The Keynote Speaker for the Opening Session was Becky Pringle, NEA President. She spoke very highly of Sarah Borgman and the years of commitment and service she has given to not only NEA but to NEA Retired. Afterward there was a reception and entertainment from a local school with a Native African dance and music presented by students.
Monday morning Noel Candelaria, Secretary/Treasurer gave a budget talk during breakfast, and he was the keynote speaker to start the day. Breakout Session that I attended that morning was NEA-Retired Organizing Grant Workshop Presented by Todd Crenshaw, & Janice Poirier. The session was packed and there were lots of questions. Todd stated that the grants are very competitive and that they are expecting great attention to detail in the descriptions and breakdown of how grant funds will be utilized. He used an example of purchasing a computer and printer with grant money and explained that grant funds can’t be used for such equipment. He also explained the rules and guidelines which include that grant monies cannot be used for out of state travel such as the conference NEA Retired Conference. The session started late due to technical issues, so I missed the example of the actual grant site because I had to step out 5 minutes early to help set up the Be A NEA Winner! Presentation that Carol Teweleit, Judy Pingel and I were presenting in the second Breakout Session.
Be a NEA Winner! Presented by Carol Teweleit was an excellent session that was completely full and was very well received. Attendees all signed up to have the presentation sent to them by email afterward because it was a different concept and teaches about the various opportunities and benefits NEA Member Benefits has to offer. The presentation ran smoothly, and all attendees were winners and received a gift card as a prize.
Sarah Borgman spoke on Leadership Engagement followed by NEA Vice-President, Princess Moss as Keynote Speaker on Monday evening.
Tuesday was the wind down day with just a couple of sessions before the lunch and closing session with Keynote Speaker Alice O’Brien, NEA General Counsel. There were awesome auctions of quilts and artwork during the meal sessions that brought a sizable amount of money for scholarships and more. There was a presentation to Sarah for all she has done for NEA Retired and she challenged us to continue the good work she has started.
It was a wonderful experience for me to be able to attend with such a great leadership team and personal mentors for me. I encourage us to continue to send new and rising leaders to these events to continue to bring back excitement and enthusiasm to our New Mexico Retired Organization.
The overall theme is that even though we are retired we still have lots to give to our profession and the youth and children we love and can continue to have an impact.
Thank you again for this opportunity!
Pandora Van Auken