Here are the Candidates for President and Vice President for the 2017-2018 SVEA Board!

Learn more about the candidates running for President and Vice President, 2017-2018! We will be voting on these offices as well as other board offices at Convention March 17th & 18th.

Candidates for SVEA President

Coty L. Frye
Greetings SVEA, 

My name is Coty Frye, and I am your current SVEA President. I am honored to be running for re-election as your SVEA President.  This leadership position has afforded me the opportunity to grow and learn as a future educator.  I would love the opportunity to represent the SVEA as your president, for a second term.  I am currently a senior at The Virginia State University, “Hail State, Hail” I’m an English major with a minor in Secondary Education (6-12). I will continue to put members at the forefront of everything that I do to ensure that the Student Virginia Education Association the best that it can be. I will continue to be your advocate, and put kids and OUR profession, FIRST! I will be your voice because our profession makes all other professions possible. I will make sure that as an association we continue to “Put Kids First”. Learning needs to be student centered and not data-driven because all   our students come from culturally-diverse backgrounds and a “One-Size Fits-All” approach does NOT work.  We need to meet our future students where they are, not where we want them to be. Our instruction needs to be effective and as unique as our FUTURE STUDENTS are and will be.

Public Education is facing one of its most difficult times with the appointment of Ms. Betsy Devos. I reaffirm my commitment to you the members of SVEA, that I will advocate for YOU the members, our association, and our profession. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”. John Dewy

Catie Kruger

Hello all! I am Catie Kruger and I am super excited to be running for SVEA President this year. I am currently a junior at Old Dominion University studying Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary and Primary education. This is my second year on the SVEA board, and I am currently serving as Vice President. Prior to that, I served as Underclassmen member at large. Before coming to ODU this spring, I attended Radford University where I served as Historian for the 2015-2016 year and Underclassmen Rep for the 2014-2015 year. In the spring of 2016 I was lucky enough to be a part of the NEA Student Organizing fellowship, where I learned all about the NEA Student Programs. In my two years on the board, I have attended VEA Lobby Day twice, where I got to speak with Virginia legislators about real issues in public education today. I also have attended both the VEA Delegate Assembly, a Virginia Board of Education meeting and Reggie Smith Organizing School this past year. I am so lucky to have all of these amazing opportunities, and if elected, my goal is to bring even more opportunities to you. Next year, in addition to being my senior year, it is my last year before student teaching in grad school so I will be able to be completely available to you, and your needs because together we can make a difference. 

Candidates for SVEA Vice-President

Riley Moran

My name is Riley Moran and I am an Elementary Education Major at Old Dominion University. I have been an active member of the SVEA for two years now and am looking to further my participation by running for Vice President. This past year, I acted as the Vice President of the ODU chapter and the Eastern Region Representative. Through these positions, I have interacted with many of you, heard your voices and have done everything in my power to improve your experiences with the SVEA. I have worked on the state board for a year and have had many ideas along the way that I was unable to act upon in my position as region rep. I would like to send out a monthly state newsletter, improve communication between the board and members, create activities for a week long diversity awareness week in February, and offer the opportunity for chapters to work together and share ideas all year long instead of just two days every March. I believe the SVEA should be a community where members are free to ask questions, bounce ideas off of each other and be inspired by each other’s successes. 

Amber Collins
My name is Amber Collins. I am a junior at Virginia State University. I am an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a minor in Elementary Education. I am the current Secretary of the State SVEA board as well as an active member in my local chapter. I, along with some of my peers, recently began a mentoring program for young girls at a local elementary school. I am also a math tutor for local middle school students and tutor for my peers to prepare them for the Praxis Core test. I am passionate about teaching and helping make the future of students bright. I would be honored to be your Vice President and work with everybody to enrich the lives of students. It is important for us all to work together to aid our public schools and their students ad I look forward to the opportunity.