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.

ISTA Aspiring Educators Board of Directors

Shantae "Tae" Ferguson, Indiana University - Indianapolis

Vice President
Gracie Schindler, Hanover College

Olivia Wertz, Hanover College

Region 1 Representative (Northwest)
Brooke Weisner, Purdue University

Region 2 Representative (Northeast)
Elaina Halferty, Manchester University

Aspiring Educators Region Map

Region 3 Representative (West Central)
Nicole Hughes, Indiana University

Region 4 Representative (East Central)

Sarah Bueter, Ball State University

Region 5 Representative (Southwest)
Victoria "Annie" Patrick, Ivy Tech - Evansville

Region 6 Representative (Southeast)
Shelby McKinney, Hanover College

Kathryn "Katy" Miller, Ivy Tech-Fort Wayne

ISTA Aspiring Educators Standing Committees Appointments

Board of Directors: Shantae "Tae" Ferguson, Indiana University - Indianapolis
Governance Committee: TBD
Issues & Concerns Committee: Ryley Zawanda, Purdue University 
Racial Affairs Committee: TBD
Professional Practices & Standards Committee: Grace Lammert, Purdue University 

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.

NEA DUES REBATE - NEA offers a rebate of $20/year for each year of ISTA AE membership. Forms are sent to new members or are available on-line and due May 1st at the end of the first school year for new teachers. The rebate checks are sent to members the following fall. It’s a great way to receive up to $80 back!

NEA Rebate Form

ISTA FIRST YEAR TEACHER DUES CREDIT - The Association shall allow credit to first-year teachers who join the Association during their first year of membership eligibility, the reduction of their dues being twenty-five ($25) per year for each year of their membership in an Aspiring Educators Association which is affiliated with NEA up to four (4) years. The first-year teacher shall provide proof of membership in ISTA AE to be eligible for up to $100 credit on the first year of ISTA dues!

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.


Outreach to Teach

ISTA Aspiring Educators' annual community partnership event is Outreach to Teach (O2T). This annual event rewards a deserving public school with a makeover. Aspiring Educators, in partnership with education community members, spends a day cleaning, painting, decorating, landscaping and more!


Aspiring Educators Representative Assembly

The Aspiring Educators (AE) is a member-governed organization. The AE Representative Assembly (RA) is an annually convened meeting to review and approve the business of the association. AE RA delegates can attend the event in-person or virtually. 


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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?

Yes, NEA offers Aspiring Educators membership through University of Phoenix and Western Governors University. Please select and join in the membership form for Indiana.

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.