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Christy Levings takes leadership role with national board

NEA Executive Committee member elected vice chair of Board of Directors


WASHINGTON - December 03, 2009 -

NEA Executive Committee member Christy Levings of Kansas was recently elected vice chair of the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Elected to the NBPTS Board last year, Levings will serve a three-year term as vice chair.

“Christy is a proven and dedicated leader, and I have no doubt that she will serve the NBPTS well in her new role,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. The NEA and its members have benefited greatly from her expertise in instructional development, induction and mentoring of new teachers. I am confident that she will bring the same professionalism and spirit of excellence to this new position.”

An elementary schoolteacher from rural Osawatomie, Kan., Levings was elected to the National Education Association’s Executive Committee in July 2007 for a three-year term. She 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.

“I’m very honored to have the opportunity to serve as vice chair. The role of National Board Certification as an amazing professional development tool is critical to the national conversation on school reform,” said Levings. “As an educator for 36 years, I believe the profession is best served when we talk about continual improvement of educator skills throughout the careers of teachers and administrators.”

NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. NBPTS advances the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, and by creating and administering National Board Certification, a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards.

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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: Michelle Hudgins  (202) 822-7823, Mhudgins@nea.org