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NEA delegates elect new members to Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Illinois, Wisconsin high school teachers elected to serve on NEA Executive Committe

ORLANDO, Florida - July 06, 2015 -

Delegates attending NEA’s Representative Assembly (RA) elected two new members to its Executive Committee and six members to the Board of Directors. Nearly 7,000 delegates voted in the RA, which is the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-member National Education Association and is considered the world’s largest democratic deliberative body. Two high school teachers and six education support professionals (ESPs), including school bus drivers, a custodian, a paraprofessional and an ESP working in higher education, will assume leadership positions within NEA on September 1, 2015.

Eric Brown, a biology teacher at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, and Shelly Moore, an English and drama teacher at Ellsworth Community High School in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, were elected to three-year terms on the NEA Executive Committee. This NEA leadership body is comprised of the Association’s three executive officers and six NEA members elected at large by RA delegates.

“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, can attend great public schools,” 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 the president of his Evanston Township High School Teachers Council and a member of the Illinois Education Association Board of Directors and NEA’s Board of Directors. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science and a Master of Science in education, both from Northwestern University. As a member of the Executive Committee, he plans to promote a great public education for every student; ensure every child has caring, qualified and committed educators; and focus on organizing and engaging other educators.

“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.”

Moore is a local, state and national education leader. A third generation Wisconsin educator, Moore has been active in her local association, serving in all three officer roles. Her other previous leadership positions include serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Education Association Council and being a member of NEA’s Board of Directors for six years.

“As a teacher, I am deeply committed to the success of every student, and I’m honored to bring that commitment to NEA’s Executive Committee,” said Moore, a 17-year classroom veteran who is also a National Board Certified Teacher. “I look forward to working with members of NEA to ensure that every child, regardless of their circumstances, has the support, tools and time to learn.”

Moore, who grew up in Beloit, Wisconsin, earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she currently serves as an adjunct instructor.

“As a classroom teacher, Shelly knows the challenges and difficulties public school students and educators face,” added NEA Eskelsen García. “Shelly brings her 17 years of classroom experience to our Executive Committee, and we’re excited to have her passion for training future education leaders and ensuring every student has caring, qualified and committed teachers.”

RA delegates also elected six fellow educators to serve as At-Large ESP on NEA’s Board of Directors. The term ESP stands for “education support professionals” and consists of secretaries, para-educators, food service personnel, custodians, bus drivers, maintenance employees, mechanics, nurses, early childhood educators, and security personnel who work in public schools.

The following educators were elected as At-Large ESP for a three-year term: Martha “Marti” Alvarez, a transportation specialist for Traverse City Area Public Schools in Traverse City, Michigan; Jacqueline “Jackie” Coleman, a school bus driver in Corning, California; Mathew Powell, a head custodian and special events bus driver for Graves County Schools in Kentucky; and Hasheen Wilson, an ESP at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Ashanti Rankin, a paraprofessional from Millville, New Jersey, also was elected to serve a one-year term as At-Large ESP, filling a vacancy. Para-educator Julie Wickersham from Clarkston, Washington, was elected to serve a three-year term as Alternate At-Large ESP.

Educators from around the country gathered June 26–July 6 in Orlando, Florida, for NEA’s 153rd Annual Meeting and 94th Representative Assembly. Delegates, who are elected by their peers on the local level, debate public education policy and establish priorities to improve teaching and learning conditions in public schools. The delegates also tackle complex issues with far-reaching implications for education professionals, from the future of testing to equity in education.

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