For her outstanding contributions as an Elementary Reading Specialist, Martha is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Headquarters Staff of the Missouri NEA on Jefferson City, Missouri.
Martha Karlovetz, Missouri NEA President for nine years and Missouri teacher for seventeen years, stands tall among public educators in Missouri. As Missouri NEA’s President from 1986-1995, Martha was the chief spokesperson for 27,000 education employees in Missouri and was consistently recognized by government, media, and education department officials as a key leader in bring positive change to Missouri’s schools.
As a teacher in Parkway, Martha was recognized by her peers when the elected her President of the Parkway NEA and when she was recognized by her school district as an outstanding teacher of the year.
As a leader in public school innovation, Martha was recognized by two governors of Missouri as they appointed he as their representative to the Education Commission of the States. She assumed a leadership role in helping to develop, lobby for, and implement “The Outstanding Schools Act of 1993,” which brought adequacy and equity to the state funding formula for schools, as well as a revamping of curriculum to move Missouri public education into the 21st century.
Martha established a non-profit, charitable fund that built a school in South Africa for children who had no school. She also worked throughout this nation to collect money to provide flood relief to Missouri’s schools, students, and education employees after the flood of 1993.
Martha stands tall in the eyes of the 27,000 members of the Missouri NEA as they elected her to four terms as President, the maximum term of office, to speak for them and to help move Missouri NEA into the role of the largest education employee organization in the state. She represented them with dignity, diligence, and knowledge.
Martha was an Elementary Reading Specialist at Parkway C-2 in St. Louis, Missouri, and she also taught seventh grade Social Studies before retirin gafter seventeen years in the classroom.