Executive Committee, National Education Association
George Sheridan, a k-12 school teacher in Black Oak Mine Unified School District in Garden Valley, California, was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2014 for a three-year term.
Before being elected to the NEA Executive Committee, George served on the NEA Board of Directors for two three-year terms. He served as a member of the California Teachers Association (CTA) Teacher Evaluation Workgroup, which developed a framework to help educators take the lead in the profession and in teacher evaluation discussions nationally. He has also served on the Assessment and Student Testing Committee for 15 years, and served on the CTA budget committee.
A teacher for 36 years, Mr. Sheridan has taught every grade from 1st through12th during his career. He has also taught graduate courses at California State Sacramento and University of California Davis.
Mr. Sheridan was also an organizer and national boycott coordinator for the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO, for eight years under the leadership of labor leader and civil rights activist, Fred Ross Sr., who also taught Cesar Chavez. Years later, as the first president of the Black Oak Mine Teachers Association, CTA/NEA, he was able to draw on Cesar’s example and his own seven years as a boycott organizer to lead successful settlements of contract impasses against intransigent superintendents and school boards.
His goals for the next three years include working to expand collective bargaining, advocating for all members and students, and enhancing community partnerships.
Mr. Sheridan received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles and a MS in Education from the University of Southern California.
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 interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between its four regularly scheduled meetings each year.