I am Mary Lease of Wagner EA. I have been a member of SDEA for 28 years. I had been a member of the Overseas Education Association and wanted to continue my NEA membership. I first became a member as it was a professional organization open to everyone! The best part of being a member of SDEA has been the support, not only locally and at the state level, but the network of teachers across the state who are willing to share time, information, experience, and probably best of all, their friendship.