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New Jersey Educator Re-Elected to NEA Executive Committee

Nearly 9,000 Delegates Vote for teacher Joyce Powell

WASHINGTON - July 03, 2012 -

An overwhelming majority of the nearly 9,000 delegates to the National Education Association Annual Meeting voted to re-elect New Jersey teacher, Joyce Powell, to one of the top leadership positions on NEA’s Executive Committee. Powell was first elected in 2009 and she will begin a new three-year term beginning this September.

“As educators, we deeply care and are committed to providing every student with a world class public education,” said Powell. “However, we also know that in order to do that, our voices need to be part of the education reform dialogue. As a member of NEA’s Executive Committee, I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that our voices are heard so that students can learn and grow to their fullest potential.”

Powell served as president of the New Jersey Education Association, an NEA affiliate with more than 200,000 members. Powell is a dedicated educator with a career that spans 40 years. As a new educator she taught behaviorally-disordered children, and went on to teach computer math, English, vocational training, health, and inclusion U.S. History.

“We are pleased to see Ms. Powell remain on the Executive Committee,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “She has been a voice for students and educators alike these last three years, and we are looking forward to another term of her fighting to protect every child’s right to great public schools.”

The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members – three executive officers and six members – elected at-large by the Representative Assembly. The committee is responsible for guiding NEA policy and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between its four regularly scheduled meetings each year.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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