What does leadership look like? All of us.
Three million members elect 9,000 delegates–who elect NEA's top officers, debate issues, and set NEA policy. Here are your leaders, making your voice heard.
NEA members nationwide set Association policy, most notably through an annual Representative Assembly (RA) Meeting every July. Between Annual Meetings, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee are NEA's top decision-making bodies.
Becky Pringle is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Becky is a middle school science teacher with more than three decades of classroom experience and has distinguished herself as a fierce social justice warrior and defender of educator rights.
Noel Candelaria, a special education teacher and former teacher’s aide from El Paso, Texas, is secretary-treasurer of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional organization.
The nine-member Executive Committee is comprised of our three executive officers and six members elected at large by delegates to 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.
As a top decision-making body, our Board of Directors includes at least one director from each state affiliate, as well as representatives from retired members, aspiring educators, at-large representatives of ethnic minorities, administrators, teachers in higher ed, and active members employed in ESP positions.
We must stand in solidarity and fight like our children’s lives depend on it–because they do. We must proudly stand in our power and demand that our students get what they need, when they need it.
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Great public schools for every student
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest
professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of
public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of
education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has
affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities
across the United States.