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2010 At-Large Candidates for the NEA Board of Directors

The 2010 Representative Assembly will elect four at-large representatives to the NEA Board of Directors: three Active members employed in education support professional positions and one representing administrators; and two alternate at-large representatives: one Active member employed in an education support professional position and one representing administrators. First ballot elections will take place on Sunday, July 4, in Hall D in the convention center from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Candidate for Administrator At-Large Position (Three-Year Term)

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Name: Jeff Hubbard

Employment Position: State President – GAE, Elementary Assistant Principal

Community and State of Residence: Atlanta, GA

Current and Previous Employment: 2006 to 2010 State President – GAE; 1996 to 2006: Assistant Principal – Clayton County Public Schools (2003 to 2006); Middle Grades Teacher (1996 to 2003)

Association Experience: (24 years Experience)

Local: President, Vice-President, Membership Chair, PAC Chair-Clayton County Education Association

State: President (06-10), Vice-President (04-06), Secretary-Treasurer (02-04), District Director, Collective Bargaining Committee

National: NEA Fund for Children and Public Education

Overriding Issues in Education: (1) The overwhelming economic challenges faced by our states and local districts, particularly regarding job staffing, class size, and academic programs; (2) The need to reauthorize ESEA particularly regarding the effects of testing upon student achievement, teacher and administrator effectiveness, and school reform models; and (3) The need to ensure that all students are guaranteed the right to a free and appropriate public education.


Candidate for Alternate Administrator At-Large Position (Three-Year Term)

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Name: Donna Mirabelli

Employment Position: Math Supervisor 7-12

Community and State of Residence: West New York, NJ

Current and Previous Employment: West New York School District: 1994 – present: District Math Supervisor 7-12; 1973 -1994: High School Math Teacher

Association Experience: West New York Supervisors Association – President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Negotiations Chair

Local: County: Hudson County Education Association-Executive Board, Constitution Review Committee

State: NJ: Executive Committee (Non-Classroom); Chair of NJEA Education Policy Committee; Delegate Assembly (Non-Classroom); NJEA Instruction Committee

National: Delegate to RA (14 years)

Overriding Issues in Education: The overriding issues facing NEA members today include: the Elementary & Secondary Education Act Reauthorization, the Race to the Top application, the impact of all education reforms in legislation, school funding, and the erosion of collective bargaining rights.


Candidates for Education Support Professional At-Large Position (Three-Year Term)

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Name: Pam Mikkelson

Employment Position: Head Secretary

Community and State of Residence: Prior Lake, Minnesota

Current and Previous Employment: Head Secretary, Twin Oaks Middle School; Head Secretary, Grainwood Elementary; Health Aide, Grainwood Elementary; Special Education Student Support Paraprofessional, Grainwood Elementary; Recess and paraprofessional substitute, Five Hawks Elementary

Association Experience:

Local: President (current), Negotiations Team (current), Mediator (current), Grievance (current), Member Rights (current)

State: ESP At-Large Member of Education Minnesota Governing Board, Council of Local Presidents, Human Rights Committee, Delegate to Rep. Convention

National: ESP Emerging Leader, RA State Delegate, Minorities and Women Conference Participant, Midwest Regional Leadership Conference Delegate, Women’s Leadership Training: Personal Assessment Leadership Skills

Overriding Issues in Education: Overriding issues in education include the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and Professional Pay for Public Educators.

The ESEA is far more specific in its most recent reauthorization than in previous versions. The accountability of this proposal still identifies winners and losers of federal monies through the use of standardized tests. Education is not one size fits all!

Professional pay for all public educators is important in order to retain qualified school staff from K-12 teachers, to higher education faculty, to Educational Support Professionals.

Energy spent on these issues will help guarantee better public schools.


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Name: Judy Near

Employment Position: Health Tech

Community and State of Residence: Cañon City, Colorado

Current and Previous Employment: Health Tech, Cañon City School District 1991 to Present; Substitute Health Tech 1985 -1991; Gymnastics Coach; Teller First National Bank 8 years; Pharmacy Tech 4 years

Association Experience:

Local: Local Organizer, President, Developed 1st Contract, Historian, Bargainer, Chief Bargainer, Political Action, Rights Chair, Membership Chair, Hiring Committee, Health Insurance Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, School Health Committee, Facilitator, Mentor Trainer

State: CEA Executive Committee, CEA Board of Directors, CEA ESP Advisory Council, CEA Leadership Design Team, CEA ESP Conference Planning Team/Trainer, CEA Summer Leadership Conference, Planning Team, CEA Summer Leadership Trainer, CEA Executive Director Screening/Interview Team, Delegate to CEA Delegate Assembly, CEA Delegate to NEA RA, CEA Affirmative Action Committee, CEA Collaborative Management Committee, CEA Governor/Senate Interview Team

National: Participant/Trainer NEA ESP Conference, Western Region Conference Planning Team, Western Region Trainer. Facilitator NEA ESP Conference, NEA ESP Director At Large, Friend of Education Committee, Leaders for Tomorrow Training, CEA Delegate to RA

Overriding Issues in Education: The most urgent issues in Education are the economy, funding, the loss of educator jobs and the constant political battles and degrading of our profession. The lack of funding has become a national issue with long lasting effects on programs for our students, compensation for our educators, and loss of jobs for both teachers and ESP. With legislation cropping up around the nation threatening our union values, it is extremely important that we stand strong in unity to make the education of of our students, jobs for our educators, and funding for public education a priority.


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Name: Ruthie Wright

Employment Position: Para-Educator for Special Needs Students

Community and State of Residence: Minden, Louisiana

Current and Previous Employment: Para-Educator with the Webster Parrish for 33 years

Association Experience:

Local: Vice President – Webster Association in Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) which represents both Teachers and Education Support Professionals (ESP); Past President – Webster Association in LEA and the first ESP to be so elected and served for eight years; Membership chairperson, Read Across America chairperson, Legislative Contact, and Building Representative; Served on the following committees – Political Action, Budget, and Elections; Recognized by the Moorhouse Association for outstanding contribution to save sales tax election which included a salary increase for teachers and ESP

State: LEA ESP of the year, LAE Image Award Recipient, LAE ESP Caucus President for Training, LAE Board Retreat Attendee, and LAE ESP Board of Directors. Served on the following LEA committees – Resolution, Constitution & Bylaws, ESP Advisory, Strategic Planning, Legislative Contact, Minority Leadership Training and Emerging Leaders

National: NEA ESP Director At-Large, NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Graduate, NCESP Member, NEA Delegate to the National Representative Assembly, NEA Resolutions & Read Across America Committees, NEA Minority Training Conference, Member of the following NEA Caucuses: Black Caucus & GLBT Caucus, Southeast Regional Delegate, Southeast Regional Leadership Conference Planning Committee

Overriding Issues in Education: As an incumbent ESP Director At-Large, I see a need to continue to advocate for our members and our students on the local, state, and national levels. Between Race to the Top (RTTT), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA – known as NCLB for No Child Left Behind), and health care issues, more and more ESP jobs are being lost to privatization or outright elimination. ESP’s are almost invisible when education budgets are compiled. The politicians and general public must be made to realize the role ESP’s play in the education of our nation’s students. We must make the invisible visible!


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