Helena Education Association
The Helena Education Association is dedicated to promoting high quality professionalism and educational excellence in the Helena School District. HEA is composed of over 720 certified educators and paraeducators who strive for exceptional standards of achievement from the children in our schools. In partnership with the Helena Public School, HEA is committed to a system of shared governance, professional development and a professional level of compensation.
Helena Education Association Elects Union President
Teachers and paraprofessionals in the Helena School District recently voted Tammy Pilcher as their new union president.
Pilcher had completed the two-year term former Helena Education Association president Larry Nielsen left vacant and ran for re-election against one opponent, Helena High School English teacher Greg Wald.
Pilcher had been an elementary school teacher before becoming the HEA president.
Pilcher received 278 votes and Wald had 203, in an election with a 66 percent voter turnout.
That’s nearly 20 percent higher than previous elections, according to Ray Pancich, chairman of the elections.
“This was a very good turnout,” he said. “We’ve gone to the electronic voting, so it’s much more convenient (for voters) than having to come to a certain site and fill out ballots.”
The results won’t be final until HEA members certify the vote at a meeting on April 13.
Pilcher said she was delighted with voter turnout and thrilled with the opportunity to continue to do what she loves.
“I’m looking forward to two more years of working collaboratively with the district to be progressive and do what’s best for kids, educators, and paraeducators,” she said. “After putting the last six years into HEA, it is an honor to be able to continue to represent 720 members.”