Secretary-Treasurer, National Education Association
Becky Pringle, a science teacher from Harrisburg, Pa., is secretary-treasurer of the National Education Association. As secretary-treasurer of the nation's largest professional organization, Pringle ranks third among NEA’s leadership.
Her responsibilities include oversight and maintenance of the Association's multimillion dollar budget, and the fiscal integrity of the organization. She has also been integral to the success of NEA’s work to transform the education professions and to improve student learning.
Pringle led the workgroup that produced the Association’s groundbreaking Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability. As the NEA’s first broad endorsement of the need for evaluation and accountability reform, the Policy Statement outlines a system that positions teachers to take the lead in improving professional practice to meet the diverse needs of all students, and offers sweeping changes to elevate the profession of teaching.
A middle school teacher with 31 years of classroom experience, Pringle has held Association positions at the national, state, and local levels, including serving on the Board of Directors for NEA and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). She also served two terms as a member of NEA’s Executive Committee where she distinguished herself as a thoughtful and passionate advocate for the nation’s public school educators and students.
Pringle’s long history of leadership includes a focus on diversity issues, student achievement, and developing leaders within the Association. During her terms on the NEA Board and Executive Committee, she chaired the NEA Reading Task Force and NEA ESEA Advisory Committee, which helped prepare the organization for the law’s pending reauthorization.
Pringle served as the finance chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, overseeing the organization’s revenues and expenses, investment portfolio, and budget; on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Teacher Preparation for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and on the Institute for Educational Leadership Task Force.
A Philadelphia native, Pringle received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University. She and her husband, Nathan, have two children — Nathan III manages web production, and Lauren is a producer.