k-12 teachers
education support professionals
college students
retired educators

About us

The St. Vrain Valley Education Association (SVVEA) is both a professional association and an advocacy organization. Our mission is to advocate for public educators; support professionalism; and promote public education. 

SVVEA is affiliated with the 36,000-member  Colorado Education Association (CEA) and the nearly 3.2 million members of  National Education Association (NEA).

The Association (SVVEA-CEA-NEA) at all three levels is a highly democratic organization governed by its members. The decision-making structure is designed to ensure maximum representation. Members elect colleagues to represent them in all Association matters.

Within SVVEA, the voices of members are clearly heard through two elected representative bodies:

The Representative Council is our Association’s policy-making, legislative body. It is composed of about 70  Association Representatives (AR’s) elected from each school. The Council meets the third Tuesday of each month.

The SVVEA  Board of Directors is our Association’s executive body. It is comprised of four executive officers, plus ten members elected at large from the membership. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month.

What makes our organization great.


1,500 Local Members

38,000 Statewide Members

3.2 Million Nationwide Members

NEA provides a variety of savings through auto and home insurance, travel, tuition, everyday purchases and professional development. Members are provided with $1 million in liability insurance as well as several other benefits. 


Your association advocates for you through professional advocacy and legislative advocacy focusing on students, public education, educator rights, school funding and workplace improvement. 

Prof. Development

Grow your skills at the local, state and national level. Trainings are provided through COPILOT that range from classroom management, educator effectiveness and more. 

Join us! It will only take a minute.

The Team

Kara Smallwood


Fran Docherty

UniServ Director

Michelle Garrison

UniServ Director

Natalie Thomason

Office Manager