Executive Committee, National Education Association
Paula Monroe, a high school secretary in Redlands, Calif., was re-elected to the National Education Association's (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2010 for a second three-year term.
With two decades of education experience, Monroe has been a champion for public education and school employees at the local, state and national levels. Before being elected to the NEA Executive Committee, she served two full terms on the NEA Board of Directors as well as nine years as president of the Redlands Education Support Professionals. She also served as president of the California Education Support Professionals and on the executive board of the National Council for Education Support Professionals.
Monroe is a native of Colorado and has attended school in North Carolina, Colorado, and North Dakota. She was a parent volunteer in her daughter's kindergarten class, which led to her start in Redlands Unified School District as a computer lab paraprofessional at Mentone Elementary School, where she worked for eight years. She has served in numerous leadership roles in her local association including site representative, grievance chair, bargaining chair, and others.
As a strong advocate for an inclusive organization, Monroe is credited with being a driving force behind the vote in June 2006 to change the bylaws of the California Teachers Association to include education support professionals as full, active members. Her belief that “together we are better” and that every educator deserves respect for their roles in helping students succeed was recognized when she was presented with the CTA President's Award for Exceptional Service in 2006.
Monroe and her husband Mike reside in Redlands, California, and have three grown children and two 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.