Executive Committee, National Education Association
Christy Levings, an elementary school teacher from rural Osawatomie, Kan., was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2010 for a second three-year term.
With more than three decades of education experience, Levings has been a champion for public education and school employees at the state and local levels. An elementary school teacher for 36 years, Levings currently provides instructional resource support and works with the formalized collegial mentoring program in the Olathe School District. Before being elected to the NEA Executive Committee, she served as president of the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) for five years and vice president for four years. In addition to serving as KNEA’s president and vice president, Levings served as president of the Olathe National Education Association. Levings was elected as Vice Chair of the Board of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in November of 2009.
Among her professional achievements, Levings served as an education and family issues columnist for the Kansas City Star and received the newspaper’s Excellence in Teaching award. She was also featured as an “Outstanding Teacher” in the Johnson County Gazette and was recognized for her education editorials.
Levings is past chair of the Kansas Learning First Alliance, whose work was focused on three education priorities: improving student achievement, strengthening the professional development of educators, and engaging the public in school improvement and student achievement efforts. She is also a leader in advocating for teacher preparation and professionalism—she served as a member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) review team and was appointed by the Kansas Board of Education to the Licensure Review Committee.
Levings graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in education and received a master’s degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Kansas, which included studying at the Institute of School Law at Harvard University. She also completed a graduate studies program in behavioral psychology at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Levings and her husband David, who have been married 38 years, have three grown children and three grandchildren.
The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—three executive officers and six members elected at-large by the Representative Assembly. The committee is responsible for general policy and financial interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between the Board’s four regularly scheduled meetings each year.