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President's Viewpoint - Dennis on the Go

A look inside the world of NEA President Dennis Van Roekel

When Dennis Van Roekel walks out the front door of NEA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., he can see the White House down the street. In fact, he’s been a guest at the White House several times over the last few months. It’s an exciting time to be NEA President!

This month we take a glimpse at Dennis in action—he is the face and voice of the National Education Association, and his work is fundamental to achieving our vision of a great public school for every student. Whether he’s busy at 1201 16th Street or 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Association’s mission is ever-present in his daily life as he represents the interests of 3.2 million educators. Chatting up celebrities on their love of math is just a cool perk.

A Time to Celebrate

Phelan M. Ebenhack

One of the best parts of being NEA President is celebrating our colleagues’ achievements. Here Dennis congratulates Washington State’s Kathie Axtell, 2009 Education Support Professional of the Year, standing next to Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist (right).

Lights, camera, action!

NEA/Christian Lopez

Dennis tapes his weekly video message to state affiliate leaders and NEA Board members to keep them in the loop on what’s hot in Washington.

On the road

Sandy Schaeffer

Every day NEA takes actions that affect your school and your classroom. Dennis meets with local Association building representatives to give them a voice in shaping the future of public education in this country.

Speaking truth to power

Sandy Schaeffer

Dennis meets monthly with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to talk about the issues and concerns of NEA members. Changing No Child Left Behind was a recent talking point.

We’re number one!

Sandy Schaeffer

Education Week ranks Maryland public schools #1 in the nation in its Quality Counts 2009 survey. Dennis agrees—as does Maryland State Teachers Association Executive Director David Helfman. The foam finger just makes the point so much stronger.

Numbers nerd and math teacher unite

AP photo/Dima Gavrysh

Actress Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) talks with Dennis during the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference in New York. Today she’s the author of two top-selling books on how to get students hooked on math.


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