EveryDay Heroes: FEA Delegate Assembly

Amazing People are doing amazing things in Florida Public Schools! FEA members are Everyday Heroes.

Have you met some of the superheroes and heroines working in Florida public schools? You won't find them running faster than a speeding bullet, nor able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they are changing the course of young lives on school buses and school campuses across the state.


They are mild-mannered teachers and education staff professionals fighting a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way. They are the true champions of public education.


FEA members are the real superheroes. They touch the lives of Florida students by providing hope and confidence. They inspire, motivate and encourage Florida's youth to excel.  FEA members exercise the real power of superheroes by transforming young lives, and they're doing it everyday.


It is sad to say, but often the people who work in our public schools are overlooked and rarely receive the recognition they deserve.  They go above and beyond to make a difference in our schools, in our communities and in our unions.


This past October, FEA locals from across the state sent representatives to the Rosen Centre in Orlando to participate in the 10th annual FEA Everyday Heroes Delegate Assembly where teachers, ESP, and FEA staff were recognized for making the difference.

Watch the FEA Everyday Heroes Videos 


The Delegate Assembly (DA) is the Association's annual meeting. It is where the union's teachers, education staff professionals, student members and retirees unite as delegates to plan, discuss, and debate organization and education issues.


This year their business included the adoption of 13 recommended amendments to the FEA Constitution & Bylaws, the passage of several resolutions to address the challenges facing educators, the approval of the 2011-12 budget, and the election of two NEA Board of Directors.


NEA Board Director wins election













Kathi Gundlach, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association and FEA Governance Board member, was re-elected for NEA Board Seat #4.


Calvin Collins, secretary-treasurer of the Polk Education Association, school building representative and FEA Governance Board member, ran as an unopposed candidate for NEA Director, Seat 3.


In addition to the NEA board seat elections, delegates participated in various sessions dealing with important education issues such as bullying, Race to the Top, and Smart Solutions.


The event highlight included several guests who addressed the delegates including keynote speakers Diane Ravitch author of  "The Life and Death of the Great American School", Marc Morial, National Urban League President and author of "Building Bridges in Public Education, Why Community Matter", Governor Charlie Crist, Alex Sink, Kendrick Meek, Scott Maddox, and many others.


Listen to the Keynote speeches:


Dr. Diane Ravitch, NYU Professor of Education Research, Historian of Education and author, “How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education”, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System” and many more.

Marc Morial, President

National Urban League


Listen to President Andy Ford


The program featured the presentation of various awards and recognitions including:


Human and Civil Rights:


  •  Rep. Geraldine Thompson - Recipient of the Mary McLeod Bethune Human Relations in Education Award
  •  Sister Ann Kendrick - Recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award
  •  Davis Houck - Recipient of the Human & Civil Rights Leadership Award


FEA President’s Award:



  • FEA General Counsel Ron Myer is another Everyday Heroe. He is a  tireless champion of public education who  led the fight against vouchers and many of the attacks on public education. 
  • J. Alex Villalobos (R), member of the Florida Senate, representing the 38th District since 2001. Previously he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1993 through 2000. He served as the Republican Majority Whip from 2001–2002 and as the Republican Majority Leader from 2004-2006 in the Florida Senate.


Meet Our Friends of Education and Freshman Friends of Public Education


Membership Growth Awards:




FEA Retiree Activist of the Year Award:


Ulysses Floyd 2010 Retiree Activist of the YearThe FEA Retired Activist of the Year award is given to those who have provided devoted service to FEA Retired over the years. Ulysses Floyd has been a retired member prior to the 2000 merger of FEA-United and FTP-NEA.  He is a former president of Orange County CTA Retired and has served as a member of the retired advisory board. His name had been submitted to NEA/Retired for the distinguished service award.  Ulysses has never missed an opportunity to help organize and advance our union. His humble spirit has allowed him to serve with dedication, helpfulness and enthusiasm.


The delegates were able to enjoy a break from all of the business. Delegates took time out to network with their peers and have fun. This year, FEA held its first ever FEA Masquerade party on Halloween eve.


View pictures from the 2010 Everyday Heroes Delegate Assembly


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