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Redlands high school secretary re-elected to NEA Executive Committee

Monroe continues her work for great public schools

NEW ORLEANS - July 05, 2010 -

Paula Monroe, a secretary from Redlands, Calif.,who has been a strong public education advocate for more than 20 years, was re-elected yesterday to the National Education Association (NEA) Executive Committee, the nine-member governing body that oversees the 3.2 million-member Association.

“I’m honored to continue NEA’s commitment to great public schools for every student,” Monroe said. “America’s public schools need our help now more than ever, and we need to ensure students across the country have the necessary resources and materials needed for a quality public education.”

Prior to her election to the NEA Executive Committee in 2007, Monroe served two terms on the NEA Board of Directors and spent nine years as president of the Redlands Education Support Professionals. She was president of the California Education Support Professionals and served on the executive board of the National Council for Education Support Professionals.

“Paula is committed to making sure our students’ basic right to a great public school becomes a reality,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said. “Education support professionals, who play an important role in the education process, share in the responsibility to help students succeed. Paula understands the challenges and difficulties our schools face, and she knows what it takes to get the job done.”

A native of Colorado, Monroe attended school in North Carolina, Colorado, and North Dakota. She was a parent volunteer in her daughter’s kindergarten class at Mentone Elementary, and then she became a computer lab paraprofessional in the Redlands Unified School District for eight years. She has taken on numerous leadership roles in her local Association, including site representative, grievance chair, bargaining chair, and others.

A strong advocate for including education support professionals in the Association, Monroe is credited with helping to change the bylaws of the California Teachers Association (CTA) so that they are included as full, active members. “Together, we are better” is her motto, and she believes all school employees deserve respect for the roles they play to support students. In 2006, she was honored with the CTA President’s Award for Exceptional Service.

Monroe was elected by some 9,000 delegates attending NEA’s Representative Assembly.  Her second three-year term begins September 1, 2010. 

The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—NEA president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer, plus 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.

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