Who is ISTA Aspiring Educators?

The ISTA Aspiring Educators members are undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana colleges and universities pursuing education degrees or planning to enter the education profession. ISTA Aspiring Educators members are future educators and leaders of ISTA. Supporting the growth and success of ISTA Aspiring Educators members is investing in the future of the Association.

The ISTA Aspiring Educators board and officers lead the student association and are integral to the vitality of ISTA with the aspiring educators president serving on the ISTA Board of Directors and four aspiring educators member appointments to ISTA Standing Committees.

ISTA Aspiring Educators hosts a number of events geared to students.

2022 Aspiring Educators RA, March 30, 2022

Representative Assembly Outreach to Teach 

ISTA Aspiring Educators Board of Directors

Brianna Stone, University of Southern Indiana

Vice President
Lucy Hale, Purdue University

Ashley Churchill, Butler University

Region 1 Representative (Northwest)
Jenna Schofield, Purdue University

Region 2 Representative (Northeast)
Ana Wahll, Manchester University

Aspiring Educators Region Map

Region 3 Representative (West Central)
Jolie Rusznak, Indiana State University

Region 4 Representative (East Central)

Cassandre Thrash, University of Indianapolis

Region 5 Representative (Southwest)
Makenzie Wagoner, University of Southern Indiana

Region 6 Representative (Southeast)
Alli Andrews, Hanover College

Michayle Rasbaugh, Trine University

ISTA Aspiring Educators Standing Committees Appointments

Board of Directors: Brianna Stone, University of Southern Indiana
Governance Committee: Ethan Rather, Hanover College
Issues & Concerns Committee: Bella Colucci, Butler University
Minority Affairs Committee: Alexia Hernandez, Manchester University
Professional Practices & Standards Committee: Hailey Thayer, University of Evansville

ISTA Aspiring Educators Advisory Council

The ISTA Aspiring Educators Advisory Council is composed of one advisor from each NEA/ISTA Aspiring Educators Chapter. The council members are responsible for selecting a chairperson, establishing operating guidelines, reviewing NEA/ISTA Aspiring Educators programs and services with the ISTA President and Executive Director. One member of the ISTA Aspiring Educators Board of Directors is designated as a liaison with the Advisory Council.

Advisory Council Members

Chairperson, TBA

Interested students are encouraged to join ISTA Aspiring Educators. A membership in ISTA Aspiring Educators is a membership in the local chapter (if active), ISTA and the National Education Association (NEA). ISTA Aspiring Educators provides an opportunity for pre-professionals to begin networking and learning more about their future careers in education.

Membership is the first step in your career.

Your ISTA Aspiring Educators membership may qualify you for a rebate in your first year of active membership. Apply for the NEA rebate form in your first year as an educator. Contact the ISTA Member Resource Center to learn how to secure an ISTA rebate.

NEA Rebate Form

For more information on the NEA student membership, explore the NEA Aspiring Educator Program resources.

ISTA Aspiring Educators Scholarships and Awards

ISTA Aspiring Educators offers a number of scholarships and awards for those pursuing a degree in education or who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in an ISTA Aspiring Educators chapter. Learn more about the scholarships and awards offered by ISTA Aspiring Educators and apply online.


Find a chapter near you

Ball State University
Butler University
Grace College
Hanover College
Indiana State University
Indiana Tech
Indiana University
IU East
IU-PU Columbus
Ivy Tech-Indianapolis/Central Indiana
Ivy Tech- Riverside
Ivy Tech - Sellersburg
Ivy Tech-Terre Haute

Indiana Wesleyan University
Manchester University
Oakland City University
Purdue University
Purdue University-Calumet
Purdue University - North Central
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Trine University
University of Evansville
University of Indianapolis
University of Southern Indiana
Valparaiso University
Wabash College
Western Governors University

ISTA pays for the membership dues of two aspiring educator advisors per chapter. Complete the form and mail to ISTA headquarters.

Build your chapter using the ISTA Aspiring Educators constitution and bylaws template.

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ISTA Aspiring Educators staff liaison is Angela Miller.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join ISTA Aspiring Educators?

Complete the NEA enrollment form online using a credit or debit card. If you do not have a credit or debit card, call the Member Resource Center at 844-ASK-ISTA to join.

Can I join NEA without joining my state affiliate?

No, when you join NEA, you become a member of the unified family of local, state and national associations.

I don’t live in the same state as my college/university. In which state should I join?

You should join in the state where you are enrolled as a student.

Can I join if I’m a distance learner?

NEA offers student membership through two online programs, University of Phoenix and Western Governors University. Students of University of Phoenix should join in the state where they live. Students of Western Governors University should join directly with the NEA in D.C.

When am I covered with liability insurance?

Immediately following the charge on your card, you will receive a welcome letter via email. This letter is your proof of liability insurance. Use this letter to confirm your membership. Here's more information on the Aspiring Educator educator employment liability coverage provided with membership.