UEA - At a Glance

As we reflect on the 50th Anniversary and Commencement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we would like to offer you a glance at what UEA has done over these last 2 1/2 years to align our goals to the vision of Dr. King.

"If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King

Taking Care of the Thompsons


To everyone who may not have heard the news, tragedy struck our dear friend and colleague Cheronda Thompson and her family Sunday, March 18, 2018. The home of Roman, Cheronda, and their four boys caught on fire Sunday evening, claiming everything they owned along with the life of Roman Thompson.

As you are all aware, Cheronda is an avid educator and advocate for teachers and students in the Shelby County School District. She has tirelessly giving of herself for others, now it’s our turn to support her and her family during this tragedy.

The United Education Association of Shelby County has created a YouCaring funding page to provide support to Cheronda and the boys as they began to put the pieces of their lives back together. We’re grateful for the numerous calls, text, and emails from people asking how to help.

If you would like to donate, just click on the donate button and donate whatever you can. If you are not able to donate don’t forget you can still leave messages and comments for Cheronda and the kids to read.

Who We Are


The United Education Association organizes educators, parents and the community to take an active role in creating the schools students deserve.

UEA is the new local education association in Shelby County affiliated with the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and the National Education Association (NEA) with over 3.1 million members.

UEA is a member-driven professional organization advocating to maintain the rights of members to belong to an association that provides representation and benefits.

Being an educator isn’t a job, it’s a calling. It’s also personally rewarding and professionally demanding.

That’s why the UEA strives to provide you with the support you need to be great at what you do.


You’re never on your own. Your membership gives you access to some of education’s most sought-after authorities who provide new and innovative programs you can use in your classroom.

With resources that cover classroom management and supports, to more in-depth professional development provided by your local, state, and national affiliates - you have a team supporting you.

UEA member benefits include membership in the local, state and national organizations, plus:

  • Professional Liability Insurance

  • Protection of Public Schools

  • Attorney Referral Program

  • Nationwide Member Benefits

  • Professional Advocacy

  • Legal Counsel

  • Trainings, Conferences & Workshops

  • Member-Driven Organization

Meet your Uniserv Coordinator

Reginald Fentress, Keyth Harrison, and Tom Marchand are our regional Uniserv Coordinators.

UniServ Directors support Association Leadership and members with:

  • Knowledge of and ability to communicate with members about state and national member benefits programs.

  • Successful organizing and services for all categories of members.

  • Representation with the Association employee-employer relationships directly involving school boards or the superintendent or their designees.

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