SEA Executive Board and NEA RA Candidate Information:

Voter's Guide for NEA Rep Assembly Delegates

Each candidate has had the opportunity to submit a short biography of themselves to help voter's get to know them. We've pasted their submissions below. 

Voting is open March 6 - March 17, 2023. The contested election below is for TWO representatives of SEA to attend the 2023 NEA Rep Assembly on behalf of your local association. 

Position Candidate Bio
NEA RA Delegate Suzanne Bantilan

I am currently a 5th grade teacher and have been teaching in SPS for 25 years. I love learning new things as well as teaching my students. I have been a bargainer for 3 bargains with my first during the salary bargain. I served on the bargaining support team throughout Covid. I have served as a building representative for quite a few years. I love spending time with my family, cooking and baking. Most of what I do usually serves the greater good and strive to be a productive and kind human.

NEA RA Delegate Cynthia Monroe

Chef Cynthia Monroe is an American Culinary Federation Certified Culinarian and graduated with honors in 2014 from the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. She has been a proud member of the ACF since 2012 and is the current President of our local Chapter. She is currently a Culinary Arts instructor at NEWTech Prep where she cultivates the minds of up to 100 students per school year. Her passion is food and educating anyone that has the desire to learn about it. She is active in her building union as the communications advocate and goes beyond the school day to learn more about education, union, and how to better support the staff, students, and the culture of the community.

NEA RA Delegate David Perry

I have been married for 15 years and have a 5th grader, 2nd grader and kindergartner who all attend my school. 😊 I have been teaching for 13 years and have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th and 6th grade. I now get the pleasure of teaching preK-6th as the Librarian at Franklin.

I have been a union representative in both Moses Lake and Spokane. Getting to know the contract through and through, keeping up on current legislation and helping colleagues in their time of need are all reasons I love to do this job.

I would be honored to represent you and your interests as a delegate to the National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEA-RA). Some people may think me weird for enjoying sitting in a meeting for 5 days, but the formality, policies, procedures, and the process of voting is fascinating and fulfilling.

I attended NEA-RA last year and have continued to serve as a delegate through the WEA caucus and I would love to serve again.

Please consider voting for me as your Spokane Education Association NEA-RA representative.

NEA RA Delegate Michael Noel

I have been an educator for Spokane public schools since 2009 and am passionate about supporting staff and students.  I strongly believe  staff deserve safe workplaces and students deserve safe and welcoming schools that respect the importance of a great education and great educators.  

NEA RA Delegate Ron Baer

I have been in the district for 21 years and have been a rep for 14. I have represented SEA at the state rep council twice and once at the National convention in Denver.  I have been a classroom teacher at Audubon and Whitman and a Tessera Teacher at Libby Center for the last 13 years.  If I am elected, I would be honored to represent SEA in Orlando. 

NEA RA Delegate Marty McDowell
NEA RA Delegate Ginger Alberry

I am currently a ASB Bookkeeper with North Central High School and have been working for the district for the last 12 years. I am currently loving my new position at the high school and previously worked at Frances Scott Elementary for the last 11 years. I currently wear many hats with our union: Secretary bargain group, Secretary leadership, Executive board member for ESP’s with prior 9 years of building rep experience. I have attended WEA Rep Assembly  for several years and love the energy and all of the topics from around our state. I have held the title of NEA state rep for 2 years and had learned so much at the Minnesota & Texas rep assemblies, I would love your vote for this years Rep assembly. To go to the NEA Rep assembly to experience the topics and information that all of our states share the needs of our members and address concerns our country faces in these time.

Thank you for your consideration,