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NEA commissioner tapped for senior staff post for accreditation organization

Andy Coons accepts position with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

WASHINGTON - April 17, 2012 -

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, an organization formed to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, has named Andy Coons to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Coons is a member of the National Education Association and he is president of the Tacoma Education Association. He also is a National Board Certified teacher.

“NEA is very proud that one of our own has been selected to help shape and influence the national accreditation process,” said NEA President Van Roekel. “As an experienced educator, Andy is the ideal candidate for this post. He is a tremendous asset to NEA and its members and we know that he will serve NBPTS with the same diligence, and dedication.”

Andy Coons is a veteran middle-school math teacher. In addition to his duties as president of TEA, Coons served as a commissioner for NEA’s Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching. As a commissioner, Coons has lent his extensive knowledge and expertise as an instructional coach and technology facilitator to the development of Transforming Teaching: Connecting Professional Responsibility with Student Learning, a report by the commission and NEA. Coons also is a member of the Washington State Mathematics Council and he has served on the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and as a board member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Coons is currently working on his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Washington.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 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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