Mission & Vision



The mission of the Tennessee Education Association is to protect and advocate for our students, our profession, and our members to create great public schools that prepare everyone for success in a global society.




Our vision is great public schools that prepare students for success in a diverse and interdependent world.




We are the state's largest professional organization representing tens of thousands of elementary and secondary teachers, school administrators, education support professionals, higher education faculty, and students preparing to become teachers.

TEA actively protects and advocates for our students, our profession, and our members to create great public schools that prepare everyone for success in a global society. Our work centers around our core values - democracy, equal opportunity, a just society, strong profession, partnerships, advocacy and collaborative action.




  • Democracy
    A strong democracy is the foundation for our values. We believe that all voices should be heard and protected in the pursuit of the compromise and consensus essential to the common good.
  • Equal Opportunity
    Equal opportunity is a basic civil right. We believe that access to a free quality public education is the gateway to equal opportunity in our society.
  • A Just Society
    A just society is necessary to respect the worth and dignity of every individual.  We believe understanding the diverse perspectives and cultures of our communities helps to create a society built on justice.
  • Strong Profession
    A strong profession is vital to educational excellence in Tennessee. We believe that quality teacher preparation, high professional standards, and collaboration provide us with the expertise to educate children and protect our profession.
  • Partnerships
    Partnerships with both stakeholders and other entities who share our values are essential to promoting educational excellence in Tennessee. We believe these partnerships add value to our Association and the profession, realizing that they have the potential to add new sources of learning, strength, and resources.
  • Advocacy and Collaborative Action
    Advocacy is a vehicle by which the representative voice of members advances the interests of the profession and the students we educate.  We believe that when we work together, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education.




TEA has local affiliates in every school district in the state. We are also affiliated with the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and its local affiliates. We are the sponsors of the Student TEA program and the proud state affiliate of the National Education Association 

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