Education Matters

Each of OEA's 120,000 members has a story to tell, whether that's how they ended up in their current position, what they've learned as they work to reach and teach Ohio's kids, or why they do what they do. Kenton Education Association Co-President Tim Davis' "Why Story" starts with watching his dedicated teachers get arrested in 1981...

Show Notes

Featured Education Matters guest: 
  • Tim Davis, Kenton Education Association Co-President
    • Tim Davis is a teacher in his 26th year in music education, and in his 15th year with the Kenton City Schools. Tim currently serves as Co-President of the Kenton Education Association, as well as on the OEA State Board of Directors representing Northwest Ohio. Prior to his time in Kenton, Tim taught music at Arlington Local Schools (Hancock County) and Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools (Putnam County)
    • Tim earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Kent State University and a Master of Music Performance Degree from The Ohio State University. He has also done post graduate work in education through Bowling Green State University and Ball State University, and in labor studies through Cornell University.

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  • The Ohio Education Association represents about 120,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals who work in Ohio’s schools, colleges, and universities to help improve public education and the lives of Ohio’s children. OEA members provide professional services to benefit students, schools, and the public in virtually every position needed to run Ohio’s schools.
  • Education Matters host Katie Olmsted serves as Media Relations Consultant for the Ohio Education Association. She joined OEA in May, 2020, after a ten-year career as a television reporter, anchor, and producer. Katie comes from a family of educators and is passionate about telling educators' stories and advocating for Ohio's students. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband and two young children.
This episode was recorded in November, 2021.

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Ohio's public schools serve 1.7 million children - 90 percent of students in the state! What happens in the classroom has impacts far beyond the walls of the K-12 school building or higher ed lecture hall. So, on behalf of the 120,000+ members of the Ohio Education Association, we're taking a deeper dive into some of the many education issues facing our students, educators, and communities. Education Matters is your source for insightful conversations with the people who shape the education landscape in Ohio. Have a topic you'd like to hear about on Education Matters? Email us at