ABOUT GWINNETT COUNTY RETIRED EDUCATORS
From our President, Tina Duncan:
Hello GCREA Members,
The 2020-21 year is definitely one for the books. This past year we all had to learn to pivot and adapt to
the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even though it has been a challenge, I am personally thankful to have learned
some new skills and ideas for moving forward and staying connected during these unprecedented times.
I am also truly thankful for the opportunity to lead and empower others as your President in this incredible
I would like to thank and congratulate our out-going President, Penny Clavijo, and the leadership team of officers. There is a lot of work that happens behind the scenes to plan and implement eight luncheons, and continue to engage in community support and service. Every member of our board serves the organization with incredible grace and meticulous commitment to supporting the entire organization. Last year, Penny stepped up to the challenge of leading during the pandemic and exemplified outstanding leadership throughout the year. I am forever grateful for her expertise and the ability to call anytime for advice.
The Gwinnett County Retired Teachers Association began in 1972 and we are eager to celebrate our fiftieth year at the February luncheon in 2022. Our Goals for the 2021-2022 Year, Meeting Dates, Luncheon Programs, and Community Service Projects are all posted on our site (www.gcrea.org). Did you also know membership forms are available on our site? (www.gcrea.org/membership) If you know a retiree who is not a member of GCREA/GREA consider giving them a call and inviting them to a join. Direct them to our website and/or email them a membership application. Your engagement at our luncheons and community events is greatly appreciated.
A little about me….I grew up as a military brat; my mom set up twenty-one households during my dad’s twenty years of service. I have lived in six states and attended eight different schools during my K-12 experience. Georgia has been my home since 1977 with residences in College Park, Snellville, Grayson and now Suwanee. I enjoy walking, hiking, sewing and traveling. Ask me about my cool travel wall next time you see me. I have two beautiful, intelligent, and hardworking daughters. Kelsey is a Pediatric Oncology Nurse; she has a heart of gold and truly loves her job. She is beginning her role as a travel nurse this August. Courtney works in the Georgia Film Industry as a contractor. Watch those credits on television and at the movies, you might see a Duncan name. My entire educational career has been devoted to working within the Special Education Field as a Teacher, Support Teacher, Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Director. In July of 2017 I retired after thirty-one and a half years from the Special Education Office in the county. In October that same year I returned to GCPS as a part-time Assistant Principal in the Archer cluster at Harbins Elementary. I am still working part-time and absolutely love the elementary school experience.
Our Executive Board is a great resource to you as well. Please let us know how we may help you. We all are excited to serve and support GCREA/GREA. I look forward to seeing each of you at our upcoming meetings; please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or ideas to support our organization. If you are interested in further supporting the organization, please let us now. We do have a few open leadership positions and would love to have you join the board.
To promote the economic, social, and professional status of retired educators, and the distribution of information of value to them.
To promote passage of legislation beneficial to retired educators and work toward the defeat of legislation harmful to retired educators.
To promote the advancement of high quality education to enable educators to maintain their interest in education and their fields of specialization.
To promote the involvement of retired educators in community service and the decision-making process in the State and Local communities.
To present the image of aging as one of dignity and independence.
To encourage active educators to begin retirement preparation well in advance of retiring.
Gwinnett Retired Educators Association (GCREA) began in 1972 as Gwinnett County Retired Teachers Association. GCREA is a local unit of the Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA).
GCREA and GREA are your voices with the state legislature and the Teachers Retirement System. They also keep you informed of changes in the State Health Benefit Plan.
GCREA and GREA continue to be the only organizations that concentrate exclusively on the needs of Gwinnett County retired educators.
The Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association is committed to uniting retired educators for fellowship, support and continued educational and community service. The Association will seek to improve benefits for all retired educators through cooperation with local, state and national organizations. (Adopted by the GCREA Governing Board, June 6, 2002)
GCREA is governed by an elected
Executive Committee and a Board of Directors. These leaders are experienced, dedicated, and dependable professionals.