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Nebraska student elected to lead NEA Student Program

NEW ORLEANS - July 06, 2010 -

Hundreds of students from across the country have elected Tommie Leaders, a student at University of Nebraska at Omaha, to serve as the chairperson of the NEA Student Program.  Leaders, who hails from Underwood, Iowa, was elected to the two-year position during the Student Leadership Conference held as part of the National Education Association Annual Meeting here in late June.

“This is a great opportunity for me to represent my fellow student members and demonstrate my passion for the teaching profession,” said Leaders.  “I’m honored to have been elected.”

Leaders, who is pursuing a degree in elementary education with endorsements in language arts, math, and social studies, previously served as president of the Student Education Association of Nebraska.

“Heading NEA’s Student Program requires passion, personality, and a commitment to our members,” said outgoing Chairperson Jermaine Coleman. “In Tommie, we have all three qualities.  His name—Leaders—says it all. I know he’ll be a remarkable leader for our future educators.”

Leaders will be based in NEA’s downtown Washington, D.C., office, where starting  next month, he will be immersed in education policy and honing his  advocacy and leadership skills.

He will be supported by three other students who were also elected to the NEA Student Program board: Katie Kreis from Illinois, Ashley Rogers from Virginia, and Brandan Trahan from Louisiana.  In addition, Chance Carrico from California, Christle Kiely from Illinois, and Ericka King from Maryland were elected to NEA’s Resolutions Committee as student members.

The NEA Student Program has some 67,000 student members from 900 colleges and universities across the nation.  Student members have access to college loans and scholarships, professional development resources, grants to implement community outreach programs, and professional liability insurance.

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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.

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