Who We Are

MCEA is one of the largest local affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA). MCEA is a leader in efforts to build a new kind of teachers union that responds to the needs of today’s educators. We are more than 14,000 classroom teachers, guidance counselors, speech pathologists, media specialists, and other non-supervisory certified educators in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools system. We work in a rapidly urbanizing suburban district with a growing divide between haves and have-nots. MCEA members teach 157,000 students in 204 schools spread over 497 square miles. The district has densely populated low-income urban neighborhoods, sprawling suburban subdivisions, and rural agricultural towns.

By joining MCEA, you help make decisions affecting your work life, and help our profession grow stronger.
The greater our numbers, the more effective we are at:
ENSURING educators are the decision makers of their profession,
STRENGTHENING our relationships with parents and the community,
EDUCATING elected officials on the needs of students and educators,
BUILDING a cadre of teacher leaders through professional development,
ADVOCATING for educators to be treated and compensated as professionals,
UNITING around social justice issues, including closing the achievement gap.


The MCEA Center is available for use by school groups, MCPS departments and divisions, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, local schools, PTAs, labor unions and professional organizations, political action committees, and other commercial and non-commercial users. Click here for information on rates and availability.