FEA National Student Officers

The Future Educators Association national student officer program is one way that FEA helps students develop the strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators. Among other responsibilities, these student leaders will add the student perspective to education conversations at the national level; serve as FEA representatives at local, state, and national functions; and collaborate with officers and other FEA constituents to ensure that FEA students have a voice in program and event development.

Meet your 2014-2015 officers.

2015-2016 Student Officer Candidates

All FEA student members will be able to vote online for their 2015-2016 officers during the week of April 16-22. Meanwhile, check out each candidate's video statement and essays, and discuss them with other FEA members to inform your selections.

FEA student members' unique voting code will arrive in April via email. (Student members — please be sure your email address is registered by your advisor in FEA's membership system in order to receive your ballot.)

Samantha Melendrez

Samantha Melendrez is currently a senior in Phoenix, Ariz. and will be attending Arizona State University in the fall of 2015. She served as a state officer for Arizona FEA for the 2014-2015 term. In this role, she promoted FEA at different campuses, including 20 in-person presentations; provided ongoing phone and email support as requested; reached out to businesses, postsecondary partners, and community leaders to obtain support for FEA; assisted to establish the first statewide charity; doubled the number of social media followers for Arizona FEA; was accepted to present a workshop at the 2015 FEA National Conference; and much more. Her passion for education has been her motivation. Because of this, she was chosen as the 2015 Arizona FEA Student of the Year. As a national officer, she hopes to create a positive impact by helping others discover their passion for education. Samantha wants to be the voice of members as FEA transforms into Educators Rising.

Why I Am A Capable Candidate by Samantha Melendrez
How to Strengthen Our Organization by Samantha Melendrez
How to Improve Teacher Preparation in Americaby Samantha Melendrez
One Crucial Issue in Education by Samantha Melendrez

Mallory Matusevich

Mallory Matusevich is a junior at Smyrna High School in Smyrna, Del. She has been a member of FEA for two years. During her years as a member of FEA, she has served as Delaware’s state secretary and is currently serving as Smyrna High School’s chapter president, as well as Delaware’s state president. Through FEA, she has had the opportunity to represent the organization through a spotlight video, called “The Smyrna Story,” that was shown at the FEA National Conference and can be viewed by all audiences on the national FEA website, as well as attending the Bammy Awards last fall, which is an honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across the entire education field every day. Mallory has been a part of the FEA Honor Society for the past two years and has been actively involved at the national level for her chapter. She is also a cross-country, indoor and outdoor track athlete and actively participates in Business Professionals of America, Student Government, Blue and Gold, and Special Olympics. She is undecided on where she wants to attend college but intends to pursue a major in special education.

Why I Am A Capable Candidate by Mallory Matusevich
How to Strengthen Our Organization by Mallory Matusevich
How to Improve Teacher Preparation in America by Mallory Matusevich
One Crucial Issue in Education by Mallory Matusevich

Cassie Kenedy

Cassie Kenedy is a junior at Burke High School in Omaha, Neb. She has been a member of FEA since her freshman year and has been a chapter officer for FEA for the past two years. Through FEA, she’s had the opportunity to serve the community and learn about being an educator. Along with the other officers, she has incorporated activities into FEA such as a mentoring program with teachers in the school, babysitting at the local elementary school, and integrating interactive classroom activities within chapter meetings. With everything that she does as an officer of FEA, she always tries to push creativity. Outside of FEA, Cassie is a varsity swimmer and an avid student. In addition, she teaches Sunday school to a class of first graders. After she graduates in 2016, she is looking forward to attending college to work toward a degree in education. Cassie intends to focus on either early education, art, or history; she still has to decide. All she knows is that she’s definitely going to be a teacher.

Why I Am A Capable Candidate by Cassie Kenedy
How to Strengthen Our Organization by Cassie Kenedy
How to Improve Teacher Preparation in America by Cassie Kenedy
One Crucial Issue in Education by Cassie Kenedy

Madison Johnson

Madison Johnson is a senior at Memorial High School in Tulsa, Okla., and is president of her school's FEA chapter. Throughout her one year in the Future Educators Association, her passion for teaching has grown tremendously. Through FEA, she has boosted early childhood literacy skills by reading a variety of books in an elementary school. She led students and nourished the seeds of change through her Anti-Cyber Bullying Campaign, which has reached over seven states and inspired students from elementary to high school to “Pull The Plug on Cyber Bullying.” Madison is also an active member of a robotics team, and as a result, has integrated engineering and teaching to form the ultimate collaboration. Over the past four years, she has participated in over 50 presentations encouraging students to take STEM courses. Along with robotics, she is involved in Senior Board, volunteering, tutoring, and working with children that have developmental disabilities. This will be her third year to cheer on some of the best athletes at Special Olympics. Because of her love for students with special needs, she has chosen to major in special education at The University of Oklahoma.

Why I Am A Capable Candidate by Madison Johnson
How to Strengthen Our Organization by Madison Johnson
How to Improve Teacher Preparation in America by Madison Johnson
One Crucial Issue in Education by Madison Johnson

Aubrey Gray

Aubrey Gray is a junior at Pickerington High School Central in Gahanna, Ohio. This is her first year in FEA and as a student in the Teaching Professions satellite program through Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools. She is currently a finalist for state officer through FEA Ohio. In her chapter, Aubrey has been a part of various community activities, including book drives, organizing holiday parties for the special needs classes around central Ohio, and assisting teachers in their classrooms. She is also very active at Pickerington High School Central in various leadership roles, including being a board member on the Principal’s Academic Advisory Committee. Aubrey is passionate about working with inner-city youth, as evidenced by her involvement with her church’s urban-youth ministry. On a personal note, Aubrey loves music and sings in her church and school choir. She comes from a family of five and just recently tried out for “Family Feud” (stay tuned). Aubrey plans to attend Capital University to study secondary English education.

Why I Am A Capable Candidate by Aubrey Gray
How to Strengthen Our Organization by Aubrey Gray
How to Improve Teacher Preparation in America by Aubrey Gray
One Crucial Issue in Education by Aubrey Gray

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey is a junior at North Pike High School in Summit, Miss., and has been a member of her local chapter of the Future Educators Association for two years. This year, she served as secretary of her chapter. Through FEA, she has had many opportunities, including experience inside and outside the classroom. Laura started a tutoring program, the Little Jags Focus Group, with the help of the Future Educators Association. Were it not for all of the support she received from her advisor and the other students, the program would not have been as successful as it was. Through the collaboration of the students and the advisor, Mrs. Matthews, the entire chapter has been able to embark on countless service learning trips and other endeavors that provide valuable insight on what it is to be a teacher. Laura is a member and captain of the girls’ bowling team. She is a part of Jag-2-Jag, which is a mentoring program for elementary students. She is also a member of the Beta Club and the National Technical Honors Society. Her plans for the future include elementary education and possibly a double major in pre-law/criminal justice and elementary education. She is looking at several colleges, but is currently torn between the University of Mississippi and Champlain College.

Why I Am A Capable Candidate by Laura Bailey
How to Strengthen Our Organization by Laura Bailey
How to Improve Teacher Preparation in America by Laura Bailey
One Crucial Issue in Education by Laura Bailey


In 2015, all FEA student members in good standing will be eligible to vote for their national student officers. The balloting will be done online during the week before the FEA National Conference, and all eligible members will receive a unique voter code with instructions for how to cast their online ballots. The voting will take place April 16, 2015, through April 22, 2015, and the results of this voting period will count towards 80% of the final results.

At the FEA National Conference, all candidates will campaign in person and participate in a live debate. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, all FEA student members in good standing who are registered for and are present at the conference will be able to cast one additional vote, using a unique voter code they will receive upon arriving at the conference. The results of this voting period will count towards 20% of the final results.

The three student officers who receive the most votes will be announced on April 25, 2015, at the closing general session of the 2015 FEA National Conference.

If you are a member of the media and have questions about the FEA National Officers program, contact Dan Brown at 800-766-1156 or dbrown@pdkintl.org.

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