Rockwood school board members and administrators talk only to RNEA, not a competing Missouri organization that forages for teacher dues.
The school board voluntarily negotiates a Master Agreement (a binding union contract) with RNEA and reassures newly hired teachers that it's perfectly right and natural to be an Association member.
RNEA recruits most of its members at an annual joint district-Association new teachers' luncheon that features pasta, presents, and pieces of wisdom from district officials, RNEA leaders, and young building reps.
She's yielding her presidency to fifth-year teacher Allison Seitz, because "it's time to give this local to the younger teachers." The newer folks are ready to take charge because RNEA has involved many of them in Association work from their first days in the classroom.
When Seitz started with the district, RNEA eased her into union advocacy through a "shared" building rep position.