Maine Education Association Retired
~Promoting the economic, professional and social welfare of retired educators.
Planning for Retirement
Together, the Maine Education Association and the Maine Education Association-Retired sponsor Pre-Retirement Seminars throughout the state and throughout the year. The purpose of the seminars is to inform MEA members who intend to retire within the next 5 years of their retirement options. To attend one of the Pre-Retirement Seminars you must be and member of MEA and pre-register. For contact information to pre-register for a Pre-Retirement Seminar, visit the MEA Pre-Retirement Seminar webpage. Enrollment is limited to 75 people, so register early.
The Retirement Process
Once you know you are going to retire within a year, you need to begin the retirement process by contacting MainePERS (Maine Public Employees Retirement System) to get an estimate of your earnings and complete your retirement application paperwork. They conduct Retirement Planning Sessions for Teacher Members where they explain the benefit payment options, how benefits are paid, and provide Staff assistance in filling out the retirement application. Visit their teacher member webpage for information on how to get an estimate of your earnings and for the MainePERS Retirement Planning Sessions schedule. These sessions often fill up quickly, so sign up as soon as you make that decision to start the retirement process. The MainePERS links for details about teacher member benefit information, benefit options and retirement forms can be found here.