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Influential Educators Elected to Represent 3.2 Million NEA Members

Princess Moss and Len Paolillo will join NEA Executive Committee

WASHINGTON - July 05, 2008 -

Two educators from Virginia and Massachusetts will join the National Education Association's Executive Committee, the nine-member governing body that oversees the 3.2 million-member Association.  Princess Moss and Len Paolillo were elected by nearly 10,000 educators gathered in Washington, D.C., for NEA's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly.  Moss and Paolillo will begin their three-year terms on September 1, 2008.

Princess Moss is an elementary school music teacher in Louisa County, Va., where she has taught for 21 years.  A champion of children and public education, Moss is known for being proactive, progressive and productive.

"The time has come for us to embrace new opportunities, new technologies, and new ideas if NEA is to stay in the forefront leading the way in public education," Moss said.  "I look forward to working with members to preserve best education practices and push for the resources our children need to be globally competitive."

Moss is currently serving her second term as president of the 62,000-member Virginia Education Association.  She also sits on the NEA Board of Directors and previously served as vice president of VEA and president of the Louisa Education Association. 

Len Paolillo is a sociology professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, formerly known as North Adams State College, in North Adams, Mass.  Paolillo, a seasoned activist, says NEA's diversity is its strength.

"We all play a vital role in carrying out our mission, whether you are a teacher, professor, librarian or school bus driver," Paolillo said.  "NEA's members have so much to offer in furthering the Association's objectives.  I plan to continue to push for comprehensive strategies to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act in order to get it right.  I also want to repeal offsets that reduce public employees' Social Security benefits."

Paolillo has served as chair of NEA's Committee on Legislation for the past three years.  He previously served on the NEA Board of Directors and as vice president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.  As part of the Massachusetts State College Association, he acted as president, vice president and negotiator.

 "Their dedication has swelled from the school campus to the nation's capital," NEA President Reg Weaver said of the newly elected Executive Committee members.  "They bring a great spirit to the governing body of NEA.  They inspire, encourage and get the job done for America's students and educators."

The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members-three executive officers and six members elected at large by the Representative Assembly.  The committee is responsible for guiding NEA policy 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.

Contact:  Ramona Parks Kirby at (202) 822-7823