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Thank you & goodluck retiree's, and a wonderful summer to all!

Thank you to those who were able to come out to Murphy's (formerly Shea's) yesterday afternoon for our end-of-year celebration and general assembly meeting honoring this years' retiree's.

Laughs and spirited conversations were had by all!

Congratulations retiree class of 2024

As your well-deserved retirement approaches we celebrate the incredible journey of our retiring teachers, whose dedication, passion, and wisdom have shaped countless lives. Their unwavering commitment to education and nurturing spirits have left an indelible mark on all of us. 

As each of you embark on this new chapter, may you find joy, peace, and new adventures. Thank you for your exceptional service and for making the world a better place, one student at a time. We will miss all of you dearly, but your legacy will live on in our hearts and minds forever.

With deepest gratitude and best wishes for the future,


Congratulations and best wishes in retirement go to: 

Leslie Carzo-Pendergast (Pleasant Valley)

Barbara Eddy (SWHS)

Beth Goldman (TEMS)

Melissa Myette-Simmons (Philip R. Smith)

Andrea Marshall (Eli Terry)

SuAnn Ojard (TEMS)

Suzanne Robinson (Eli Terry)

Doreen Scibelli (Philip R. Smith)

Dana Silverman (TEMS)

Denise Wagner (Pleasant Valley)

Ann Wolff (SWHS)

Swea attends Annual Cea-ra and is honored!

Members of the executive board attended the annual CEA Representative Assembly as delegates. While there we elected new officers, voted on a budget, and voted on amendments to the constitution and bylaws.

SWEA was also awarded the Gold Award for local website design!

(You are currently looking at an award winning website)

may is Mental health awareness month

CEA is providing information regarding the role of mental health, as well as sharing resources and information to help those who may need mental health support.
Click here for more info

TEacher Appreciation

The Hartford Yard Goats are celebrating teachers with three Teacher Appreciation Games this summer!

The first teacher appreciation game is scheduled for
June 15th vs. the Akron Rubber Ducks. 

For more info and to buy tickets to any of the three games click here

CEA Virtual/In-Person Retirement Workshops

CEA is offering retirement workshops to help navigate the complicated post-teaching world. The workshops offer help understanding and planning your retirement. The following dates are the workshops offered this school year. 

Click on a date to access information and registration forms

2024-2025 dates to come in the fall...stay tuned

Teaching Certificate Renewal

Below are instructions, forms and tutorials from the CT Department of Education for those needing to renew their teaching certificate. 

You will need your login to the CT Educator Certification System (C.E.C.S.)

Renewal Instructions

C.E.C.S. System

Printable Paper Application


Who doesn't like teacher discounts? Click below to see the many discounts offered by CEA to its members spanning all genre's of interest.



SWEA Board Members, Building Reps and members alongside Andrea Cofranesco, from SW Human Services, celebrate SWEA's annual donation to the Food and Fuel Bank during our annual holiday celebration at Lena's in South Windsor

Once again SWEA members donated $2100 to help families in our community.

Swea Event  - Lena's

Thanks to all those who were able to attend our holiday gathering at Lena's on Thursday, December 14th! 

It was great to see everyone from across the district, and we're truly grateful for the shared laughter and good times that made the celebration special.

Let's go huskies

As a CEA member, you can save up to 20%
on upcoming UConn football home games,
home ice hockey games, and select basketball games.

Click here for info on the scheduled dates

The Sun to your school

The Connecticut Sun is holding monthly drawings for a chance for K-6 teachers to win a free basketball clinic for their students. 

Click here  for more info and to enter

cea offering support

CEA has contracted with Positive Directions, the Center for Prevention and Counseling, to offer free mental health group counseling for educators that focuses on your mental health needs and will help you prevent burnout. 

Click here to view brochure

swea meets with
boe candidates

At our most recent SWEA Rep Council meeting we assembled at Pleasant Valley Elementary School where we were joined by many candidates running for SW Board of Education. We were able to learn a little about each candidate as well as their vision for the future of education in South Windsor.

Thank you to all the candidates who were able to join us:

    Mark Cabot, Emily Wilson

    Genevieve Coursey, Paul Macchi, Mitchell Marks, Michael Pare,
    Craig Zimmerman

    Lisa Maneeley, Beth Esstman, Kenna Kimber, Elena Poma,
    Dipali Kalia

Welcome back To the 2023-2024
school year

Welcome back everyone! 

Let's make this another year filled with inspiration, collaboration, and success. 

legislative wins for educators

Though the there is still more to accomplish, there are now numerous bills passed at the end of the legislative session that are aimed to improve working conditions.

Click here to learn more about the wins for teachers.


What you gain with swea/cea


Top 10 Reasons to Join


Strong v. Weak unions

CEA Representative Assembly

SWEA attends the 175th CEA-RA as delegates and voted on various business, amendments and budgetary items

RED-for-ed day of Action 

04/27/23 -

A successful day at the capital in response to failed House Bills

Click here to read more about #RedforEd Day of Action

IT'S NOT OVER - What can you do to continue advocating for items in proposed House Bills 6884 and 6881?

Reactions to Legislators breakfast

Click here to read more

CEA's Campaign to highlight the postive impact of teachers

Visit, Because of a Teacher to see the impact teachers have made on people's lives and careers

Email From Eppler

"Greetings All,
Hopefully you all received the below email from CEA. Not only is this an important topic for all teachers, but it carries a bit of extra importance to SWEA, as you will notice one of the two endorsed candidates is long time South Windsor teacher, SWEA member, and SWEA treasurer Bill Myers. Having seen the work Bill did for many years firsthand, SWEA knows what an asset for teachers he would continue to be on the State Teachers' Retirement Board. Please make it a priority to cast your vote and let your voice be heard when the upcoming opportunity presents itself.  "                       Matt

Applications Open
$2,000 CEA Award for
Teaching Excellence

To find out more and apply click here

CEA responds to survey Results

CEA leaders and elected officials gather together to focus on solutions ahead of the 2023 legislative session. 

swea represents and wins!

On July 11th SWEA executive board members proudly participated in the 27th annual,
  CEA Hands Across the Green charity golf tournament.

SWEA represented well by winning the event against more than 35 teams from various school districts from around the state.

Various people-of-note in attendance were CT Governor Ned Lamont, Kate Diaz (CEA President), and John Hackett (former SWEA President)


Thank you to all who volunteered, donated, played  and coordinated last Saturday's fantastic fundraising golf event 
at East Hartford Golf Club.

The weather was glorious and
East Hartford Golf Club was once again a terrific host.

Click Here (or visit the Annual SWEA Events tab) to check out:
        Tournament Results
        Raffle Basket Winners
        Pictures from the event

Statement from Education Stakeholder coalition

Condemning attacks against CT educators regarding curriculum. Click Here

September 17th, 2021

Friday evening over 125 colleagues, friends and family from all over the district enjoyed a wonderful evening at the final home game of the Yard Goats season.

Thank you for a terrific turnout and a fantastic evening!

Do you know of outstanding contributors to the education profession?  Consider nominating a colleague, community member, or team for a CEA Grant or Award!

(click the link above for more information and to complete your nomination)