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Kansas educator re-elected to NEA Executive Committee

Levings continues her work for great public schools

NEW ORLEANS - July 05, 2010 -

Christy Levings, an elementary school teacher from Osawatomie, Kan., was re-elected yesterday to the National Education Association (NEA) Executive Committee, the nine-member governing body that oversees the 3.2 million-member organization.

“Every child in America deserves the right to attend a great public school and I am honored to be associated with an organization that cares about the success of all students,” Levings said.
Prior to her election to the NEA Executive Committee in 2007, Levings had provided instructional resource support and worked with the formalized collegial mentoring program in the Olathe School District. As an Association activist, she served as president of the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) for five years and vice president for four years. Before that, Levings was president of the Olathe NEA. 

“Christy is an accomplished teacher and leader, and the Association benefits from her expertise,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “She knows the challenges facing public school employees, and she is committed to supporting what it takes to get the job done.”

Among her professional achievements, Levings served as an education and family issues columnist for the Kansas City Star and received the newspaper’s Excellence in Teaching award. She was also featured as an “Outstanding Teacher” in the Johnson County Gazette and was recognized for her education editorials. In November 2009, Levings was elected vice chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Levings is past chair of the Kansas Learning First Alliance, whose work was focused on three education priorities: improving student achievement, strengthening the professional development of educators, and engaging the public in school improvement and student achievement efforts. She is also a leader in advocating for teacher preparation and professionalism—she served as a member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) review team and was appointed by the Kansas Board of Education to the Licensure Review Committee.

Levings 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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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee 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.

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