Who is ISTA Aspiring Educators?
The Indiana State Teachers Association Aspiring Educators (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
Brittnie Beach, Purdue-Northwest
Elizabeth Hofmeyer, Purdue University
Michayle Rasbaugh, Manchester University
Region 1 Representative (Northwest)
Mackenzie Keen, Purdue-Northwest
Region 2 Representative (Northeast)
Miranda Bierghler, Manchester University
Region 3 Representative (West Central)
Sarah Vest, Indiana University Bloomington
Region 4 Representative (East Central)
Ashley Churchill, Butler University
Region 5 Representative (Southwest)
Hailey Thayer, University of Evansville
Region 6 Representative (Southeast)
Alli Andrews, Hanover College
Jeffery Curtis, Hanover College
ISTA Aspiring Educators Standing Committees Appointments
Board of Directors: Brittnie Beach, Purdue-Northwest
Governance Committee: Ethan Rather, Hanover College
Issues & Concerns Committee: To be confirmed
Minority Affairs Committee: To be confirmed
Professional Practices & Standards Committee: Madeline Livinghouse, Manchester University
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
- Ball State University, James Stroud
- Butler University, Meredith McAllister
- Hanover College, Dustin Bailey
- Indiana State University, Melissa Nail
- Indiana University - Bloomington, Emily McCord & Laura Stachowki
- Indiana University - Southeast, Carol Bartlett
- Ivy Tech - Columbus, Julie Bilz
- Ivy Tech - Indianapolis, Barbara Wylie
- Ivy Tech - Terre Haute, Cassie Saylor
- Manchester University, Kurt Kurtzhals & Heather Schilling
- Purdue-Northwest, Hammond Campus: Diana Underwood-Gregg, Westville Campus: Jennifer Call Jones
- St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Wendy Walter
- University of Evansville, Shari Millikan & M. Lombardo-Graves
- University of Indianapolis, Molly Dury & Kate Reinhardt
- University of Southern Indiana, Teresa Branson
- Trine University, Ashley Overton
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.
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
Indiana State University
Ivy Tech-Indianapolis/Central Indiana
Ivy Tech- Riverside
Ivy Tech - Sellersburg
Ivy Tech-Terre Haute
Indiana Wesleyan University
Oakland City University
Purdue University - North Central
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
University of Evansville
University of Indianapolis
University of Southern Indiana
Western Governors University
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.