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UK student chosen to lead 60,000 Aspiring Educators

Rachel Immerman will lead influential NEA student organization

MINNEAPOLIS - June 29, 2018 -

The Aspiring Educators of the National Education Association yesterday elected a new chair, Rachel Immerman, a student at the University of Kentucky, at their annual Student Leadership Conference, which takes place just prior to the NEA’s yearly Representative Assembly.

During her two-year term as chair, Immerman will work with members of the NEA-Aspiring Educator Program to provide visibility on campuses and organize future educators. Immerman will lead the 60,000 student members, which represent 1,100 college and university chapters in 50 states.

“As NEA Aspiring Educators Chairperson, I look forward to collaborating with educators and unifying our voices to protect and enhance the promise of public education,” said Immerman.

Immerman is a student at the University of Kentucky studying to be an English teacher and is the former chair of Aspiring Educators at UK and also previously served as president of the Kentucky Education Association’s Student Program. She will be a prominent face of NEA’s work to organize aspiring educators as they enter the profession.

“I am simply elated that Rachel will serve as the next chair of our NEA Aspiring Educator Program! Rachel knows the challenges and opportunities facing our future educators,” said NEA president Lily Eskelsen García. “She is an invaluable asset for growing our AE Program and ensuring every new educator enters the classroom ready to reach, teach, and inspire."

NEA Aspiring Educators is the largest and most influential student group for future educators. It was formed in 1982 by the NEA Board of Directors when Student NEA (SNEA) merged with the National Education Association (NEA). NEA Aspiring Educators aims at developing quality teachers prepared to deal with today's diverse student population and also to prepare informed leaders who will move themselves, the profession, and the Association forward.

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