Dedicated to supporting and advocating for our public schools, students and educators

MEA’s President, Vice President, Treasurer, and NEA Director are elected by delegate members at the MEA Representative Assembly, the governing body of the Association.

Grace Leavitt


Grace is a Spanish teacher on leave from Greely High School in Cumberland.  She lives in Raymond and has been teaching for more than 40 years, K-12 to higher ed and adult, in Maine, Massachusetts and Spain, and is National Board certified.  Grace is passionate about public education and will support students and educators across the state as the chief policy officer and official spokesperson for the MEA.


MEA President's Letter

President's Online Message

Jesse Hargrove

Vice President

Jesse Hargrove teaches American History, Government and Economics, advises the yearbook class, and serves as Social Studies department chair at Hermon High School. He lives in Thorndike with his wife Ciara, a music educator and President of the Waterville Education Association. They have two elementary-age kids, Aden and Rylan who attend Mount View Elementary School.

Beth French


Beth started teaching in 2002 and is a 3rd grade teacher at East Belfast School. Beth comes from a family of educators-her husband Gerry, her son Tim and his wife are all educators in Maine. Beth lives in Searsport with her family, which also includes two school-aged children, Gabe, 14 and Elijah, 12. Beth is eager to share her vision of “Unionism For Today" as part of the MEA leadership team.

Amanda Cooper

NEA Director

Amanda has been an educator with the Gorham Public Schools since 2000, and teaches 8th grade English and social studies at Gorham Middle School. She lives in Buxton, with her husband Kevin who is also an educator and coach at Bonny Eagle High School, and their two sons Caden and Colby.  Her goal as the NEA director is to bring the voice of Maine students and educators to DC.

NEA Directors' Report