You are brave, you are courageous, you are amazing, you are NEA

Hola NEA.  Here’s my message in this surreal moment that we’re all facing.

It seems like the end of the world.  And I’m here to tell you it’s not.  You have been sending me some of the most inspiring, courageous stories about bus drivers who are delivering meals to kids at their homes, teachers who are finding ways to engage students, grateful parents who now understand what it is to teach their children.

You’re doing it. And we’re doing so much at NEA.  Even though our doors are closed, we’re working hard remotely at home.

We got a Senate bill to pass this morning. It’s to help extended paid sick leave, and paid family medical leave and unemployment insurance. Twenty thousand calls went from you when we asked just on one little email.

You’re going to be getting more information every day. Check your email. Go to if you have questions.  There’s so much up there.

And please don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid. We are going to get through this. And we’re going to get through it together.

I want to thank you for the love that you bring to everything you do. Even when your own crisis is hitting, you care about your loved ones.  You care about your students.

Stay healthy.

!Gracias de todo corazón!

4 Responses to “You are brave, you are courageous, you are amazing, you are NEA”

  1. Bobbie Duncan

    Stay well, all of you! Take care of your families, your students via technology, but, most of all, yourselves. You are the the connection with students and their families. You are the roll model and encouraging factor that will keep students motivated and positive. As Lil says, were in this together and we’ll pull through, stronger because of our bond. Our country needs all of you to fight the fight. Hold your heads high!! Above all, send up prayers for all🙏🏻
    A retired, but involved, member

  2. David Vita

    Hi Lily,
    Thanks for your leadership during all of this turbulence. I am a member from Stafford, VA. Here is one way our elementary music teachers are contributing to a positive message:

    Peace to you,

    David A. Vita
    Moncure Elementary School
    Stafford County Public Schools

  3. Karen Guffey


    As a retired School Social Worker, I see so many wonderful accolades for my hardworking educators. I am still active with my state Board for School Social Workers. I know they are working hard in their school districts to reach out to families during this time of high mental health stress. Could you please feature some of the School Social Workers in news articles or somewhere in NEA. I try to get my state members to join but, they often feel ignored and not welcome to their state and national association. I love NEA and their advocacy but, I have found little mention of School Social Workers and their work over the many years I have been a member. This would be so positive for them as they often get overlooked in the important work they do to help children and families cope during times of stress. When I went to the NEA Delegate Assembly in 2018, I realized I was probably the only School Social Worker there. I would love to get more members actively involved with NEA.


  4. Heather Dailey

    I’m hearing some very scary chatter regarding cuts to programs, such as Physical Education, Arts, Music, other electives, all due to the pandemic. What are your thoughts on this? How will we protect our jobs? This is frightening!
    In a time when we have all relied on art, music, and movement to keep us sane during this pandemic you would think that there would be a greater emphasis on all the benefits the arts, music, and PE have to offer.


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