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Executive Committee, National Education Association

Earl Wiman

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Earl Wiman was elected to the National Education Association Executive Committee for a second three-year term in July 2014. While serving on the Executive Committee, Earl has helped lead NEA’s signature initiative to transform schools: “Leading the Professions.”

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel recently called upon Earl to serve on the core leadership team for the development of a new NEA Leadership Curriculum and as a member of the planning team for the LGBTQ Dialogue. Earl serves as the Executive Committee liaison to three Board committees: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Legislative, and Professional Standards and Practices. He also brings vast Association experience to his work with the NEA Annual Meeting Review Committee and as a member of the Great Lakes Center Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the Executive Committee, Earl was president of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) from 2006 - 2010. He also served two terms as TEA’s vice president, and was a member of the state association’s Board of Directors. His Association leadership includes two terms as president of the Jackson-Madison County Education Association, six years on the NEA Resolutions Committee, and serving as vice president for governance for the National Council of State Education Associations.

Earl’s roots in public education run deep. He worked in Tennessee’s public schools for 35 years, serving as a kindergarten teacher, principal, and librarian. One of the highlights of his career: creating and implementing the Teacher Leadership Institute for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The Institute, which grew out of a joint initiative between his district and the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association (MNEA), provides highly collaborative teachers an opportunity to develop the leadership skills necessary to serve in non-traditional school and school district leadership positions. Earl also played a key role in an effort to increase the number of national board certified teachers in Nashville. Earl is still an active member of MNEA where he serves as an Executive Board member.

Equally notable is Earl’s work in the community. He was recognized by the Jackson-Madison County, Tenn. chapter of the NAACP for his exemplary work in race relations.

Earl earned his bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. and a master’s degree in education from the University of Memphis. He holds a doctorate in education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.