Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA

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Retiring Director Says 'Thank You'

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Oct 2, 2019 10:39:59 AM

Note - Tom Mellish, who has served as Executive Director since 2015, is retiring following a long career as an educator and then as IRTA's leader.

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How to Determine When to Retire from Teaching

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Aug 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If you're a teacher thinking about when you should retire, you have a lot to consider. 

In this post we will cover the essentials to help you determine when to retire from teaching. It is our hope that this guide will provide you with an overview of the procedures of the Indiana State Teacher's Retirement Fund (ISTRF), as well as the personal and emotional considerations involved.

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association is committed to assisting active educators in making informed retirement decisions. The Association works to protect retirement benefits and to improve retirement benefits of all retired teachers.

Read our in-depth guide: Retirement Guide for Indiana Teachers

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Topics: finance, Post Retirement

8 Ways to Reward Yourself With Your Own Money

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Aug 29, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Let's face it. You deserve every nickel earned in your career.

Besides the time spent in the classroom, you also have worked countless hours writing lesson plans, grading papers and working with parents - even on your nights and weekends.

So, why not reward yourself by saving your well-deserved pension or salary whenever and wherever possible?

Here are eight ways to help your cash flow, especially in retirement or as you prepare for it.

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How Does Classroom Management Promote Student Learning?

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 15, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Practical skills like classroom management and positive behavior strategies are vitally important tools in a teacher's toolkit. Most of these skills are learned on the job, rather than in the university classroom, so inexperienced teachers often struggle with creating a positive environment in their classrooms.

Why is classroom management important, and how does it affect student learning? Let's explore this issue together.

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Topics: Teaching, Educator Resources

How to Protect Your Home While You're Away

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 6, 2018 7:04:00 AM

Many of you will be heading out for the holidays or going south or west as a snowbird during the cold weather months.

You should take a little precaution to protect your home during your absence. Here are a few tips to help deter burglars and make your home look occupied:

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Topics: Safety

A year-end message from our Executive Director

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 20, 2017 11:14:55 AM

As we celebrate the holiday season, we have many reasons to be thankful and feel blessed.

I continue to travel around the state to our many local chapters and have truly enjoyed each stop. Indiana has been blessed to have had such caring and passionate teachers.

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Topics: Insider

Is it a Scam? How to Identify and Avoid Scams That Target Seniors

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 14, 2017 9:51:58 AM

 Millions of older Americans have been the victims of scams. Scams against seniors have become so prevalent, the FBI dubbed them “the crime of the 21st century” and created a website devoted to preventing and reporting this kind of fraud.

Scammers can be very tricky, posing as creditors, tech support workers, insurance agents, and even loved ones. In fact, The National Council on Aging cautions seniors that many scams are perpetrated by a person’s own family, contributing to a figure of 90 percent of all elder abuse committed by adult children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members .

Let’s take a closer look at how to identify scams and avoid becoming a victim.

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Topics: Safety

How to Make Your Teacher's Salary Last Through Retirement

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 18, 2017 12:26:00 PM

Most teachers work hard throughout the school year for a modest salary, and many take on part-time jobs in the summer or seasonal work in between. It's hard to make those dollars stretch to cover expenses and bills, let alone save money toward retirement. The answer? Best not to hide your head in the sand and ignore the situation. You can do more than you think possible if you make a plan and start doing what can TODAY to make sure you have enough to last you through retirement. We're not going to tell you how to spend your money or how to pinch pennies. Rather, we have some practical financial wisdom from professionals from Morgan Stanley who presented a webcast on this topic earlier this summer. You can see the entire webcast here.

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Topics: finance

Annual Message from Executive Director

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 5, 2017 8:11:57 AM

Just a year or two ago podcasts, webinars, tweeting, and blogs were not part of the IRTA vocabulary or in our offerings. Today we use these methods for spreading information through our website.

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Topics: Insider

Here's Your 2017 Legislative Roundup

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on May 18, 2017 6:06:53 PM

Dear Members:

There were 1,179 bills filed, 525 presented in the Senate and 654 in the House.

Twenty four pension-related bills were filed and 10 of those effected teacher pensions. Nine of those bills died in the General Assembly although one bill had its language resurrected in HB1001, the Budget Bill, at the very end of session.

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Topics: Legislature

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