Empowering REA members to teach with Dignity, Purpose, and Pride.
Our mission is to be a strong, dynamic, professional association that supports its
members in leading the pursuit of educational excellence.
Accountability, Collaboration, Integrity, Leadership, Openness, Respect for Individuals
Frequently Asked Q's
#1. How does Rochester's 'City of the First Class' status effect the school district?
- The City of the First Class status affects the school district in many ways. The biggest difference is teachers new to the district who had continuing contracts in other districts in Minnesota need to serve a 3-year probationary period.Anyone leaving Rochester who has a continuing contract will serve only one year of
probation in their new district as long as the district is not Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Duluth.
A 30-day notice must be given to a probationary teacher before the district removes them from their position. Non-renewals must be given notification in writing and must be received before July 1 of each year. Teachers on continuing contract (now referred to as tenure) must be provided due process to be terminated for cause.
Here is the link to read the specifics of the law. If you need assistance, please contact the REA office.
#2. Who do I contact to become a member of REA?
- Please contact either Dan Kuhlman, our REA President, or Dan Devine, our membership chair. You may click on their names above to send an email.
#3. How do I notify REA of a name or address change?
- Click on the "Name or Address Change" link on the left side of the screen under the Downloadable Forms heading
#4. Where can I find a copy of the REA contract?
- Click on the "Contract and Negotiations" drop down menu under the REA heading at the top of the page. You will also find the Negotiations minutes on that page as well.
#5. How does joining the union benefit me as a member?
- Please look under the REA tab at the top to view the member benefits page, or click HERE.
#6. Where do my dues go?
- Click on the icon below for a PowerPoint of your dues payments and how they are used. Any specific questions may be directed to the REA Treasurer.
#7. Who are my Education Minnesota Representatives?
- President: Denise Specht
- VP: Bernie Burnham
- Treasurer / Secretary: Rodney Rowe
- Field Staff: Angel Morales
- District M Representative: Matt Wilmes
Covid-19 Vaccination Pilot Program
REA Members - If you get an email from the district with information about an appointment to receive a vaccination, it is very important that you respond ASAP. There is a limited number of vaccinations provided to the district each week and there is a limited amount of time to set appointments.
Prioritization Considerations Document
Covid-19 Vaccination Pilot FAQ
Rochester Education Association
2778 Commerce Drive NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Negotiations Interest Letter
Interested in joining the REA team that will negotiate the 2021-2023 contract? Check out this letter from REA President Dan Kuhlman: Negotiations Interest Letter
New Teacher Orientation Presentation: NTO
Congrats 2020 Retirees!
REA Member Scholarship