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NEA Annual Meeting Delegates Elect Two New Leaders

Maury Koffman and Kevin F. Gilbert join NEA Executive Committee

Educators from Michigan and Mississippi will join the National Education Association’s Executive Committee, the nine-member governing body that oversees the administration of NEA’s programs and services. Maury Koffman and Kevin F. Gilbert were elected by more than 9,000 educators, gathered in Atlanta, Ga. for NEA’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly. Koffman and Gilbert will begin serving three-year terms on September 2013.

Koffman is an educator, leader and second generation union activist from East Lansing, Mich. He is serving his fourth term as president of the Michigan State University Administrative Professional Association, the largest local affiliate in the Michigan Education Association representing 2,200 members. He is in his second term as a member of the NEA Board of Directors. For the past three years, he’s served as a member of the NEA Board Steering Committee and an elected delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Michigan State University. He’s also a graduate of the NEA Emerging Leader Academy.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to continue advocating and working for our members and our students in public education,” Koffman said. “It’s my pleasure to continue fighting for public education in this country and working with the leaders of this union to ensure that we’re doing everything possible to provide that quality public education.”

Veteran educator Gilbert, of Ridgeland, Miss., serves as president of the Mississippi Association of Educators. He has worked as a social studies teacher, a coach, and an administrator with the Clinton Public School District (Sumner Hill Jr. High School and Clinton High School); Rankin County School District (Northwest Rankin High School); and the Hinds County School District (Carver Middle School). His educational experience includes bus driving while working in Rankin County, and substitute teaching with the Jackson Public School District. Gilbert is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (BA’94; MS’96) and Mississippi College (Ed.S.’04). He is married to Andrea Nicole Hoskins of Natchez. They have two children: Kristopher and Kameron.

Gilbert said, “It is indeed an honor to have been elected by the members of the National Education Association to serve on the NEA Executive Committee. I believe in the value of creating voice. I believe in the power of advocacy and I hope during my tenure we can build a bigger and bolder NEA. I’m in awe that the members of this organization have entrusted me to be a servant-leader for them because they’re the ones doing some of the greatest work imaginable.”



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