Highlands County Education Association (HCEA) is the association that represents the 687 people who fall under the “teacher” umbrella (teachers, guidance counselors, ESE support faciliators, content specialists, and more).  We are growing our membership and community outreach, one person at a time.  We are the largest association in the Peace River Basin Service Unit.

Shawna Warren - Co-President

Shawna Warren is our president and is an 8th grade ESE support facilitator at SMS.  Shawna is tasked with communication to our members, and non-members, sits on the insurance board, IPARC, negotiations, and other committees.  She is in the schools talking with administration, both proactively and reactively, to situations, and is on call to our members 24 hours a day.

 Nick Mrozowski -Co-President

Tim Murphy - 1st Vice President

Tim Murphy is our 1st VP and is a history teacher at Sebring High School. He has worked in our schools for 20 years and is also a US Navy Veteran.  He is in charge of the HCEA scholarship, PD, and acts in proxy, for the president when she is not able to attend to an issue or task.  Tim also sits on the insurance board, IPARC, and negotiations.

Karen Jowers- 2nd Vice President

I have been teaching for 27 years.

I moved to my hometown of Lake Placid in 2015 and began teaching pre-k ese at LPE. I moved this year to Cracker Trail Elementary - also teaching pre-k ese. 

As 2nd VP, I am responsible for membership recruitment/retainment.

Part of negotiations committee.

Kimberly Henry - Treasurer

Treasurer Kimberly Henry is a teacher at Avon Elementary.  She is the keeper of the books and purse.  She focuses on fiscal responsibility, and creating data used by HCEA in membership drives, PD offerings, etc..

April Clark - Secretary.

The board works together on all functions and tasks of HCEA and encourage you to reach out to any of them.

Union Application


Highlands CEA Bargaining Agreement

Contact info

Members in Need of Assistance should contact Shawna-Mae Warren, President of HCEA for further action. You can also email Shawna-Mae directly at shawnamaelancaster@gmail.com