2 endorsed for TRA board


Education Minnesota has endorsed Mary Supple, a middle school social studies teacher in Richfield, and Will Baumann, a mathematics instructor at Ridgewater College in Willmar, for the active teacher seats up for election now on the Teachers Retirement Association Board of Trustees.

MARYSUPPLE-TRAa.jpgSupple is an incumbent seeking re-election to the TRA board. She is a sixth-grade math teacher at Richfield Middle School, has served as local president and lead negotiator, served on the Education Minnesota Governing Board and as a National Education Association Board of Directors. She has been on the Board of Trustees for two terms. 

“I would like to continue putting my experience to work for the teachers of Minnesota. I would appreciate your vote,” she said. 

Baumann has been an active member of his local and state faculty union, participating in leadership training programs and working with legislators to influence and shape policy. He also serves as president of the Minnesota Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with minors in history and economics, a master’s degree in statistics and is working on a master’s degree in economics.

WILLBAUMANN-TRAa.jpg“I will use my knowledge of forecasting and modeling to help keep the teacher pension strong and viable for future retirees, while balancing the needs of current retirees,” Baumann said.

Trustees meet about seven times a year to oversee the administration of the pension fund. Special meetings might be held at the call of the board president or of any three members. Board members act as fiduciaries of the TRA plan in accordance with Minnesota statute and are also subject to state economic interest disclosures.

This month, eligible active members will receive election information, including a biographical overview of each candidate. Votes need to be submitted by March 24. Only active members are eligible to vote for active member board positions. Election results will be published on www.minnesotatra.org April 12.