KNEA Retired

NEA-Retired and KNEA-Retired utilize the energies and enthusiasm of retired members for the benefit of public education and the education profession. The associations’ years of experience in political action, collective bargaining, communications, public relations, and professional development make retired members highly effective allies for active members.

Who is eligible for membership in NEA-R and KNEA-R?
NEA-R membership is open to any person who is at least 45 years of age, eligible to receive a pension from a retirement system and who was employed for at least five years in a position that qualified him or her for Active membership but is no longer employed. (*Retired membership is the category of membership that those persons who are disabled should use.)

KNEA-R membership is open to any KNEA member who has retired and is eligible to receive benefits under a school employee retirement system and
        A. has held Active or Educational Support membership in KNEA or in another state affiliate for at least one year immediately prior to retirement; or
        B. was an Active or Educational Support member for at least ten (10) consecutive years immediately before leaving public education employment for employment in a related public education field where he or she was not eligible for KNEA Active membership. A “public education field” shall be defined as an employment activity the mission of which is consistent with or furthers the mission statement of the KNEA.

How do I join? 
Contact your UniServ office or send an email to KNEA-Retired. Members must join the retired program at the state level and at the national level.

What are the dues?
There are two types of NEA-Retired memberships: Retired-Annual and Retired-Lifetime. KNEA-R also has annual and lifetime dues.

NEA-R Annual Dues – $35.00
NEA-R Lifetime Dues – $300.00

KNEA-R Annual Dues – $20.00
KNEA-R Lifetime Dues – $150.00

Please note that active Life members do not automatically become members of KNEA-R. Only those individuals who were KNEA members the year immediately prior to their retirement are eligible for membership in KNEA-R.

CLICK HERE for the 2021-22 KNEA-NEA Retired Membership Enrollment Form

What are some of the other benefits of joining NEA-Retired and KNEA-Retired?
Many retired members have decided to return to teaching as substitutes. NEA-R and KNEA-R members, who return to educational employment on a daily basis are covered by the same liability insurance as they were when they were active members. This coverage is in effect ONLY if the retired person substitutes on a day-to-day basis. If the education employment is on a part-time or full-time basis, he/she must become an active member. In addition, KNEA-Retired members are eligible to take advantage of a wide variety of special programs and discounts through our NEA Member Benefits Program.

2021-22 KNEA-Retired Executive Committee

President: Bob Thesman, [email protected]

Vice President: Sherry Turnbull,  [email protected]

Secretary/Treasurer: Robert Hubbard, [email protected]

KNEA Board Member: Judy Johnson, [email protected]

Past President: Chris Huntsman, [email protected]

KNEA Staff Liaison – Rex Hull, [email protected]; 785-232-8271

KNEA-Retired Administrative Assistant – Tammy Wagoner, [email protected]; 785-227-3510 

KNEA-Retired Local Chapter Contacts

Sunflower West (Kansas City Area):

Claire Bolton (816) 589-4678

[email protected]

Heartland (Wichita area):

Larry Landwehr (316) 305-4232

Prairie Grass (Hutchinson area):

Debi Ellis (620) 727-1605

[email protected]

Santa Fe Trail (Great Bend/Larned area):

Susan Young (620) 786-4640

[email protected]

NW Prairie Winds (Hays/Colby area):

Jerry Blank (785) 282-6194

[email protected]

CARE (Shawnee County area):

Jenny Prichard (785) 633-4590

[email protected]

Flint Hills (Junction City/Manhattan area):

Shelley Dunham (620) 327-7358

[email protected]

SE Pioneers (Pittsburg area):

Sherry Turnbull (620) 249-7788

[email protected]

Sunflower East (Kansas City area):

Sheryl Siegele, (913) 710-1846

 [email protected]