Executive Committee, National Education Association
Joyce Powell, a special education schoolteacher from Vineland, N.J., was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2009 for a three-year term. She was re-elected to a subsequent three-year term in 2012.
Powell brings more than 30 years of education experience, advancing the educational opportunities for students with special needs. She began her teaching career in 1973 as a teacher of emotionally disturbed children. She has taught computer math, English, vocational training, health, and inclusion U.S. History at Vineland High School South.
For the past four years, Powell served as president of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) where she played a major role in obtaining lifetime premium-free health benefits for retired school employees. She was also instrumental in helping to establish a new School Employees’ Health Benefits Plan and was the driving force behind the creation of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, which delivers innovative educator-led professional development. She currently serves as the chair of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning.
Prior to her role as the state’s Association president, Powell also served as NJEA’s vice president and secretary-treasurer.
As an educational leader, Powell served on the Board of Directors of the Educational Improvement and Resource Center (EIRC) South, and was on the Board of Directors of the Work Environment Council where she worked on issues related to the safety of school facilities. Powell currently serves as a member of the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards Board.
In addition to her leadership role within the state of New Jersey, Powell has been a powerful voice at the national level as well. She has served on numerous NEA committees, including the UniServ Review Commission, the Professional Standards and Practices Committee, and a special committee on NEA Membership. She served as vice president of the National Council of State Education Associations from 2008-2009.
Powell is a graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). She earned a master’s degree in urban education and community affairs from William Paterson College in 1981.