Welcome / About Us
We are the National Education Association Rhode Island, commonly known as NEARI. We teach in kindergarten story circles, high school physics labs, and college lecture halls. We answer school phones and keep buildings clean and safe. We direct school plays and coach soccer, counsel adolescents and help students with financial aid. We are the 11,800 members of the National Education Association Rhode Island, affiliated with the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association.
Our Association is a remarkable blend of union and professional organization, with a proud history of serving Rhode Island. Since its inception in 1845, our members have been at the center of every struggle to advance the finest of American dreams: the promise of a quality public education for every child. One in every 100 Rhode Islanders is a member - chances are, you know us already!
2013-14 NEARI Officers
||Lawrence E. Purtill|
||Val Lawson, East Providence |
||Robert Mayne, Chariho|
||Amy Mullen, NEA Tiverton|
||Sue Verdon, East Greenwich ESP|
||Marianne Lowe, North Smithfield|
||Robert A. Walsh, Jr.|
Biography - President Larry Purtill
NEARI President Larry Purtill is serving his eighth term in office. During his 14 years as president, Purtill has held numerous positions of leadership on statewide boards and commissions, in both the labor and education communities. He currently is secretary/treasurer of the Institute for Labor Studies & Research, president of the Ocean State Action coalition, chair of the Certification Advisory Committee, and on the board of directors of the Working Rhode Island coalition.
Purtill serves on the new Rhode Island Board of Education. He also is a member of the boards of the NEA Fund for Children & Public Education and the NEARI Children’s Fund, and is on the planning committee for the RI MS 150 cycling fundraiser. He taught history in Exeter-West Greenwich for 22 years prior to taking office in 1999.
Other NEARI officers:
Vice President, Valarie Lawson (East Providence)
Asst. Secretary, Robert Mayne (NEA Chariho)
Treasurer, Amy Mullen (Tiverton)
Asst. Treasurer, Sue Verdon (East Greenwich ESP)
NEA Director, Marianne Lowe (North Smithfield)
Region I, Jen Saarinen (Bristol Warren)
Region II, Carol Lopes (Middletown)
Region III, Brendan Murphy (Westerly)
Region IV, Michael Twohey (Smithfield)
Region V, Jason Whitford (Glocester)
Higher Education, Marjorie Norquist (CCRI Faculty)
Higher Education ESP, Lynn Gudeczauskas (CCRI ESPA)
K-12 ESP, Marie Glass (Chariho ESP, Retired)
Municipal/State/Student/Substitute/Retired, William Finelli (NEARI Retired)