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We are excited to have you join TVEA! Starting at a new job can be exciting and stressful all at the same time! We want you to know you are not alone, your TVEA leadership is here for you.  Please let us help you in any way we can. Take care of yourself, and you'll be taking care of your students, too! We look forward to connecting with you personally, until then, congratulations and welcome!! 


Below are the Top 10 things we want you to know and make sure you do to make your start is successful one! 

Make sure you can get Paid!
  • In order to get paid you need to complete the Direct Deposit form

  • Review your first paycheck!

    • You want to make sure you are on the right place in the Salary Schedule. You can view the Salary Schedules here.

    • Familiarize yourself with your Employer Paid Benefits (Health Benefits) and Voluntary Employee Deductions (403b Plan) 

  • Know when you get paid! Here are the paydates for this school year. 

  • If you have any questions regarding your paycheck, you can contact your payroll specialist.

    • Last name A-D, Belinda Ribao - 951-506-7939

    • Last name E-K, Jenny Segal - 951-506-7073

    • Last name L-Q, Tahne Pritchard - 951-506-7938

    • Last name R-Z, Shawna Jennings - 951-506-7069

Start now getting your Retirement set up!

As a California educator, you are a member of the largest U.S. teachers' retirement fund and one of the largest pension systems in the country. From day one you want to make sure you are building for retirement. Your STRS Contributions will be reflected on your paystubs. Make sure you take a moment to verify your contributions are set up.

TVEA heavily suggests you set up a 403(b)/457 plan!

Do some research on the differences between the plans utilizing 

  • We also suggest you request a copy of our district's 403(b) plan document and/or 457 plan information, including a summary of the plan provisions such as loans, transfers, exchanges and any fees.

  • Be sure to get the list of approved vendors for both ongoing contributions and exchanges.

  • Ask for enrollment forms and any associated paperwork.

Take care of your Health!
  • ​Make sure one of the first things you do is get your Health Insurance set up! Follow these simple steps to get your Health Insurance active. A printable step by step instruction plan can be found here

    • Review and decide what Health Plan you would like to sign up for. Review the Plans here. You can view the Certificated Employee Costs for each plan here

    • Review the eligibilty and document requirements for the Health Plan. 

    • Complete the Enrollment Form

    • Contact the Risk Management Office to set up a time to enroll.

      • Last name A-K, Cherise Riha -  951-506-7075

      • Last name L-Z, Sue Sikkink - 951-506-7944

  • Don't forget to sign up for the district paid Group Term Life Insurance

Your Credential Analyst is your Friend!
  • If you transferred from another district, make sure you completed the transfer of sick leave form with your HR Credential Analyst.

  • You also want to make sure all of your credentials are up to date. Stay in touch with your HR Credential Analyst to review your credetials, longevity steps, and salary schedule.

  • When you joined TVUSD you should have completed a Verification of Employment form, if you didn't make sure you contact the Human Resources Department.

  • Stay on top of your credentials, they expire every 5 years!

  • Contact the Human Resources Department if you have any questions about your credentials.

    • Last name (A-K), Lupe Hernandez - 951-506-7952

    • Last name (L-Z), Sharon Valenzuela - 951-506-7081

Get familiar with the Contract!
  • Know your rights!!!

  • Read your contract so you know your contractual rights. We have made it easy for you to read one section of the contract at a time, visit our TVEA Contract page today!

  • Know your rights if you are on a Temporary Contract!

  • If you believe your administrator is not following the contract, reach out to your site representative, they are here to help you problem solve concerns or issues you are having at your site. They can help you to decide if your concern is grievable. You can also check out the most frequently asked questions to our Grievance chair here.

We have a voice! 
You have a voice too!
  • It is of utmost importance that TVEA has two way communication with our members. TVEA communicates with our members in many ways, make sure you take the time to hear from us so that you are always in the know!

    • Open emails whenever the subject has a "BLAST" in it! It's always an email from the TVEA President.

    • Read the TVEA Advocate! You can read our Advocate here.

    • Subscribe to our Newsletter here

    • Join our Facebook page!

  • ​We also want to hear from you! 

    • Complete the surveys you receive from us via We always want to hear feedback from our members!

    • You have a voice when it comes to voting in officers and site representatives. Make sure you take your time to vote!

    • Email us! We love to hear from you. 

Member Benefits has its Privileges!

When you join TVEA, you are also joining CTA and NEA! Upon enrollment you will get a CTA#. You can contact the TVEA office to find out what your CTA# is, if you haven't received your CTA card.

You will immediately want to register with CTA and NEA! 


Taking a Leave of Absence ? Don't lose your membership privileges!
  • If you are planning a Leave of Absence, make sure you understand what your rights are, according to the contract, for taking leave. You can review the article in the contract here

  • Familiarize yourself with the AESOP Substitute System and know how to code your absence.  Remember you only get 10 Personal Business days a year, if you go over you will receive a dock in pay if you are out of sick leave. 

  • When you take a leave, you want to make sure you don't lose any of your membership benefits. Make sure you follow the steps to keep your benefits active. Read about the importance of keeping your membership benefits here

  • If you are taking a maternity leave of absence, please make sure to read all about what you need to know here


Consider Getting your Master's Degree!
  • The benefits of a master’s degree are substantial and provide a lifetime of benefits.

  • A reputable graduate school program will not only enhance and improve your effectiveness in the classroom, but consider the following additional benefits when comparing a teacher in column C of our salary schedule (BA + 30) with a teacher in column F (BA + 75 w/ MA):

    • In year 5 the difference in compensation is $8,465

    • In year 10 the difference is $10,232

    • In year 25 the difference is $28,058

    • Over a 30 year career the difference is hundreds of thousands of dollars

  • The best way to get started is to ask colleagues where they earned their advanced degree. Recommendations are always a great way to go.

Network with Colleagues and Become and Engaged Member

We want your time here to be a positive one! We want to get to know you!

  • Get to know your colleagues at your site, but also around the district! Network with colleagues in and out of your department or grade level to overcome teacher isolation!

  • Meet the leaders of TVEA, your elected officers, one of them might be at your site! 

  • Meet your Site Representatives, they should be one of the first people you get to know at your site, they are here for you!

  • Get involved! There are many ways to get involved in TVEA, take a look at the many committees that are here to help make TVEA a better Association!

  • We hope you will attend the social activities TVEA Sponsors and hosts! You'll find out about these events via our Website, Facebook, the TVEA Advocate, our Blasts as well as your Site Representatives! 

  • We can't wait to meet you!!


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