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Pennsylvania Teacher Wins NEA Secretary-Treasurer Position

WASHINGTON - October 03, 2008 -

Becky Pringle, a physical science teacher from Harrisburg, Pa., has been elected secretary-treasurer of the National Education Association.  Nearly 10,000 NEA delegates voted as part of NEA's 146th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Pringle previously served two three-year terms as a member of NEA's Executive Committee, where she advocated on behalf of the nation's educators on issues such as diversity and human and civil rights.  

 "I'm excited about the opportunity to continue my work with our members and leaders," said Pringle. "Together we can ensure that NEA lives up to its legacy of human and civil rights, at the heart of which is a great public school for every student."

Pringle has nearly 30 years of classroom experience and has held Association positions at the national, state and local levels, including serving on the Board of Directors of the NEA and the Pennsylvania State Education Association. She has chaired the PSEA Human and Civil Rights Award Committee and the PSEA Task Force on Minority Representation. She has also served as regional chair of the PSEA Leadership Development Committee and on the Institute for Educational Leadership Task Force.

"As a classroom teacher Becky knows the challenges and difficulties our public schools face," said NEA President Reg Weaver. "She understands how important it is to have the community, along with elected officials, parents and business leaders, working together to ensure students receive a quality education."

As secretary-treasurer of the nation's largest professional organization, Pringle ranks third among its leadership.  Her responsibilities include oversight and maintenance of the Association's multimillion dollar budget, and the fiscal integrity of the 3.2 million-member organization.

Pringle succeeds Lily Eskelsen, who has been elected NEA vice president. Delegates elected Pringle as secretary-treasurer for one year, the time remaining in Eskelsen's term.

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

Contact: Samantha Kappalman  (202) 822-7823