Mission Statement: The mission of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association is to promote the welfare of Indiana’s retired educators, to encourage and perpetuate education in the state of Indiana and to provide community leadership, service and guidance.
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Your New Executive Director
Nancy Tolson became the new Executive Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association in November, 2012. Nancy has been promoting a secure retirement for Indiana’s teachers for over 14 years with her service in several volunteer and elected positions for IRTA. She began her teaching career at the University of Indianapolis, where she earned both a BA and a MA in English. Nancy was hired by her student teaching mentor, Martha Hayes, to teach English at Ben Davis Junior High School, where Nancy went on to teach for twenty-five years.
Once retired, Nancy found new ways to share her love of learning and building positive relationships with others, empowering people to do their personal best. She became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), tutored second graders in reading through HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed), and taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED classes.
Teaching matters to Nancy because it is an opportunity to share a subject that she loves and to facilitate personal growth in people. Nancy had several mentors throughout her life that inspired her to try to do something positive for humanity, to love learning, and to do her best. She gives credit to her mentors, which include both of her parents and grandmother along with Elsie Ball, Melba Haines, and Marguerite Smith. Such support, she believes, builds confidence in people.
Just as much as teaching matters to Nancy, so do teachers, and that is why she is working for the welfare of retired teachers, who shared their knowledge, talent, and enthusiasm with Indiana’s children. She is proud of retired teachers for their continued interest in helping others, which is evident in the numerous hours Indiana’s retired teachers spend volunteering their time tutoring and mentoring both children and adults, and helping in many other ways through their community service.
Now Nancy brings her more than 40 combined years of teaching, leading, and lobbying experience to IRTA to help ensure that Indiana’s retired teachers have a well-earned retirement, including a secure pension.
NEW RETIREES: No Waiting Period for Dental & Vision Coverage
The Indiana Retired Teachers Association has negotiated an industry first for its members! For the first time ever, all 2013 retirees can join the group dental and vision plans with no waiting periods - regardless of prior coverage. If members join within 60 days of their retirement date, they can receive immediate coverage. Click here to download details and an application.
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