Press Room

MEA Advocacy Pays Off-Educators Prioritized for COVID Vaccine

MEA Statement from President Grace Leavitt “After months of advocacy from the MEA and the National Education Association—continued phone calls, letters, and conversations about the need for a vaccine for all our educators—MEA and its pre-K- 12 members are breathing a...

Statement from MEA on Capitol Violence

Statement from Grace Leavitt, President of the Maine Education Association “Educators across the state walked into public school buildings today trying to figure out how to talk to their students about the disgrace at the Capitol yesterday. Lives were lost and...

Joint Statement of Commitment and Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Maine Schools

We proudly and steadfastly support the educators and districts in Maine who are taking on the work of understanding and dismantling racism and inequity in our schools and communities. We urge all Maine schools and educators to accept their role and responsibilities in examining and addressing the inequities that have long existed in our society and institutions.

MEA: A Snapshot

The Maine Education Association is the largest professional association and union in the state of Maine representing more than 23,000 teachers, support staff, professors, pre-service teachers and retired educators. The MEA is an organization for educators, run by educators and is here to support and strengthen educators in their career. When educators are in a strong position, our kids thrive. At MEA, we work hard so educators can focus on inspiring the passion for knowledge in the minds of Maine’s students.

To learn more about the MEA, visit the MEA About page.

Interview Request

To arrange an interview, please contact MEA Director of Communications, Giovanna Bechard at 207-622-4418 x2205 or via the contact form below. All interviews with the MEA President or others must be arranged through the Communications Department.

Interviews with current teachers or support staff can also be arranged through the Communications Department. Please note: the timing for these types of interviews may not be immediate, as these individuals first priority is working with students. Flexibility will be important if you are seeking an interview with a current teacher or support staff member.

Photo Usage

For those seeking headshots of the current MEA president for use in publications or on TV, you are permitted to use the following high-res image. Please credit MEA upon use.

MEA President, Grace Leavitt official photo


From innovation in the classroom to reading success on a school bus to education policy issues that impact teachers and students, the MEA produces three publications that inform and inspire. Check out our three magazines-Maine Educator, Maine Advocate and Inspire, for Young Education Professionals of the MEA.

Contact the Director of communications

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