What Iowa Educators are Saying About PEI

  • I cannot thank PEI enough.

    I had called PEI completely ready to leave a profession I love and students I adore. PEI was with me every step of the way to offer re-assurance, guidance, and support. Phone calls, e-mails, and notes of encouragement, all guided me in my decision to follow my heart and stay. I cannot thank PEI enough.

    — Patti Miller – Spanish Teacher

  • I have always been a strong supporter of PEI

    As a former Superintendent (25 years) and Christian, I have always been a strong supporter of PEI. My daughter is a member. I am in hopes that more people with my views (conservative) will begin to serve on boards and recognize that professional organizations such as PEI, which focuses on meeting the needs of kids rather than themselves, would help re-energize those educational professionals.

    — Craig Scott – Superintendent

  • By far the best purchase of my teaching career.

    PEI will be there the minute you need them. Easy to contact, you even get to talk to real humans who care about you, remember who you are, and support you through every aspect of any issue. Kind, caring, and very professional.

    — Jan Cray – Retired

  • I’m glad that I made the move to PEI

    I have been with PEI for five years and I’m glad that I made the move to PEI. I have been able to attend leadership conferences, fun trips like baseball games, and even went to the statehouse to have our voice heard. PEI cares about it’s members and works to build personal and professional relationships, while keeping cost at a minimum. My wife and I are glad we made the choice to join an organization like PEI that cares about us, our needs, and more.

    — Kevin Johnson – Language Arts Teacher

  • I feel like I am a part of something where I can be heard

    I am proud to be a member of PEI, and impressed with the quality of “action” that takes place through the organization. Between your support for Leadership Seminars and Annual Conferences, I feel like I am a part of something where I can be heard, and action will take place based on those thoughts. Beyond those benefits, I have not even mentioned the Liability Insurance, Legal Representations, PD Awards and Scholarships, etc. And did I mention the $240/year?! This is an outstanding organization!

    — Jeff Corbett – Math Teacher

  • I am glad I had PEI there to help me through it.

    I was completely taken aback by an unexpected situation last year but I have learned a lot from having experienced it. I am glad I had PEI there to help me through it. Those issues from last year have now blown over and everything is going well again this year. I tell everyone I can about PEI and how well my situation was handled.

    — Kory Staff – Science Teacher

  • Support system of like minded professionals

    PEI has provided me with a support system of like-minded professionals. The step of faith of a few in Indianola has developed into a strong group of teachers willing to stand up for what we believe is right for children and educators as well. PEI has allowed me to have a voice in issues like Right-to-Work. The PEI staff works long and hard to keep members informed of issues that matter to us. They have encouraged me to take a stand for what I believe is right

    — Kathy Turnball – Teacher Mentor Coordinator

  • I wanted to belong to an organization that put the student first and didn’t push any sort of political agenda.

    About 5 years into my 28 year career, I decided to join PEI. Our district, up to that point, had been a “100% district”. Everyone belonged to the union.

    Belonging to our local meant you were REQUIRED to also join the ISEA and the NEA. This never sat well with me, since my political and personal beliefs didn’t line up with theirs, especially the NEA’s. I wanted to belong to an organization that put the student first and didn’t push any sort of political agenda.

    These were the things that led me to PEI.

    — Joe White – Art Teacher

  • PEI listens to each of its members

    Without PEI there wouldn’t be a choice for us individuals that disagree with the way ISEA/NEA is heading. I appreciate the fact that PEI works for education in Iowa. I don’t agree with the NEA getting mixed up with other political and social issues that aren’t related to education. Why would I give my hard earned money to an organization that has an agenda outside of working for the rights of its teachers? I also appreciate the fact that PEI listens to each of its members and asks for our input, regardless of our political affiliate. PEI has affordable dues, they provide protection for me, they are responsive to my needs and local situations and they don’t support any specific candidate in politics. They let me use my own mind and make informed decisions.

    — Curt and Susan Seehusan – 5th Grade Teacher

  • I’ve had the peace of mind in knowing their expertise was just a phone call away

    I’ve been a member of PEI for 20 years. They’ve supported me in times of trouble, educated me at conferences, visited my school, and entertained me on baseball road trips. Through it all, I’ve had the peace of mind in knowing their expertise was just a phone call away, they would show up when needed, and their guidance was trustworthy, accurate, and truthful. I am honored and proud to be a member of PEI.

    — Julie Tremmel – 5th Grade Teacher

  • You truly cared

    The BOEE has dismissed the case against me thanks to your assistance. You were very supportive from conversation one and made me feel like I wasn’t alone and that you truly cared about what happened to me.

    — Gary Thompson -PE & Math Teacher

  • PEI is my only choice and is highly recommended.

    Today’s world is scary – it seems anyone can get sued or accused at the drop of a hat, even going back in time to dredge up accusations. My fifteen-year membership in Professional Educators of Iowa is one of my most essential financial obligations, at an incredibly reasonable price. That said, for the amount of coverage it provides, it is a phenomenal value. I frequently email or call to help others or stay on top of issues, and am met with answers within minutes or hours. You insure every other thing in life: car, health, home… why would you not insure your job that pays for it all? PEI is my only choice and is highly recommended.

    — Jennifer Campbell – Language Arts Teacher

  • They are student first, non-partisan, and professional

    For me, PEI has been an excellent fit. Initially, I was drawn to the liability coverage and legal protection at a reasonable price. Over time, I have been impressed by the overall philosophy of PEI. They are student first, non-partisan, and professional. Coupled with personalized service, these characteristics make PEI a great organization.

    — Kevin Rohne – Special Education Teacher

  • I want to thank PEI

    I want to thank PEI for all of the timely information they provide to help keep me aware of what’s going on (it is no small chore to keep me aware of what is going on). Because of their efforts, I was able to keep up with “fair share” in the legislature, and as a result of that I was drug into the world of e-mail and now know the names of my representative and senator. PEI’s presence at the straw poll helped open the eyes of some independents that didn’t know about PEI as well as open the eyes of some NEA members who didn’t know about NEA’s social agenda.

    — Corwin Stuart – PE Teacher

  • Focused on what’s best for students.

    After our decertification from the union, PEI was a tremendous help as we established ourselves as an independent education association, Professional Educators of Pomeroy-Palmer. PEI continues to be a resource and support for us as a professional organization and for us as individual educators focused on what’s best for students.

    — Linda Christoffers – Librarian

  • As a member I feel that I have a voice in the future of education.

    Having a professional organization such as PEI supporting me as an educator and coach is a reassuring feeling in this day and age. PEI serves educators, not special interests. Their only focus is making our educational system more functional and as a member I feel that I have a voice in the future of education.

    — Cory Willis – Social Studies Teacher

  • The staff and organization have been incredibly supportive, friendly, and helpful!

    I first became a PEI member almost 20 years ago. I had been a member of the ISEA/NEA, and was tired of being told what to believe and how to vote. I had ended my membership there, but was nervous about having no liability coverage. I found a PEI flyer, and began to read. Besides the liability coverage, the first thing that caught my attention was that PEI was focused on the best things for children!! I had been disgusted with some of the NEA’s positions and actions that emphasized benefits for teachers, but didn’t seem very concerned about what it would do to education in general, or to our most important clients–the kids!! I was thrilled that a child-centered organization that could provide me with the coverage I needed could even exist, let alone be so affordable!! Since my return to the state of Iowa in 2009, I have been a PEI member again. The staff and organization have been incredibly supportive, friendly, and helpful! I have really enjoyed the chance to get to know and network with other like-minded educators from around the state. I also appreciate the chance to have a voice that can be heard in the Iowa State government. I have been able to discuss issues, directly and indirectly, with legislators and people from the Department of Ed.

    — Jill Philby – Kindergarten teacher

  • I am a proud member of PEI

    I am a proud member of PEI and highly impressed with the quality of PEI. The support is amazing and the best I have ever had as an educator. I know that the PEI staff fully backs their teachers and schools 100%.
    PEI goes above and beyond the call of duty to help when you need it; they are always there for you. I think that the best part of PEI is the fact that they actually care about you, and not because you belong to their organization. PEI is truly a family!

    Belonging to PEI is nothing short of amazing! The benefits that PEI gives you are truly wonderful- from the liability insurance, the legal representations, and the fact that they are truly educationally centered. They also care about the impact to students and schools alike, offer scholarships to their teachers and their families, and keep you updated to what is going on, never kept in the dark or caught by surprise. There are amazing supplemental benefit options. You get all of the amazing support, friendship, and amazing benefits for a mere $240 a year, which is considerably less than other options teachers have, and is an additional benefit. Between all of the support you receive and the cost of joining PEI is truly a winning deal for any educator.

    — Laura Stearns – Special Education Teacher

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