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Chicagoland educator elected to NEA Executive Committee

Brown to advocate for great public schools at the national level

ORLANDO, Florida - July 04, 2015 -

Delegates today elected Eric Brown, a biology teacher at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, to the National Education Association Executive Committee, the nine-member governing body that oversees the nearly 3 million-member Association. His three-year term begins September 1, 2015.

“I’m honored to join NEA’s Executive Committee and look forward to continuing to empower educators to ensure that every student, regardless of zip code, has a great public school,” said Brown. “As trusted professionals, educators are best equipped to make school and classroom decisions to ensure student success, and I’m proud to bring my 16 years of classroom experience to the Executive Committee.”

Brown is a full-time biology teacher at Evanston Township High School just north of Chicago. He is the former president of his local and a member of the NEA Board. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was inspired to become a teacher after meeting Maya Angelou at a celebration of Black history. She taught him that we have a duty to honor those who paved the way for us, and the privilege of helping those who will come after us. He serves as president of the Evanston High School Teachers Council, as well as on the Board of Directors of both the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.

“I know Eric from his time on our Board of Directors, and I have seen his commitment to the success of every student,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “He has a unique understanding of how diversity in a school can stimulate students’ natural curiosity, and we’re so excited to have his voice on our Executive Committee.”

Brown received his bachelor’s degree in biological science in 1997 and a Master of Science in Education in 1999, both from Northwestern University. As a member of the Executive Committee, he plans to promote a great public education for every child; ensure every child has caring, qualified and committed educators; and focus on organizing and engaging other educators.

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 general policy and interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between its four regularly scheduled meetings each year.


The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization,representingnearly 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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