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Delegates elect Mississippi educator to NEA Executive Committee

Annual meeting delegates vote for veteran educator Kevin F. Gilbert

ATLANTA - July 05, 2013 -

Delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) voted to elect veteran educator Kevin F. Gilbert, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, to the Executive Committee. He will begin serving a three-year term in September. The Executive Committee is responsible for guiding NEA policy and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between its four regularly scheduled meetings each year.

“It is indeed an honor to have been elected by the members of the National Education Association to serve on the NEA Executive Committee,” Gilbert said. “I believe in the value of creating a voice. I believe in the power of advocacy, and I hope during my tenure we can build a bigger and bolder NEA. I'm in awe that the members of this organization have entrusted me to be a servant-leader for them because they're the ones doing some of the greatest work imaginable.”

“As a long-time educator, Kevin understands the challenges and difficulties public school educators and students face,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “He knows how important it is for educators to have the proper training, tools and resources to help students succeed. I am confident Kevin will draw on his years of experience and training, as well as his years in the classroom, to deliver the promise of quality public education for every student.”

Kevin F. Gilbert serves as president of the Mississippi Association of Educators. A veteran educator, Gilbert has worked as a social studies teacher, a coach and an administrator with the Clinton Public School District (Sumner Hill Jr. High School and Clinton High School); Rankin County School District (Northwest Rankin High School) and the Hinds County School District (Carver Middle School). His educational experience includes substitute bus driving while working in Rankin County, and substitute teaching with the Jackson Public School District. Gilbert is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (BA’94; MS’96) and Mississippi College (Ed.S.’04).

Nearly 9,000 educators from every state are attending NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA) through July 6. The RA is the top decision-making body for the more than 3 million-member NEA. Delegates set Association policy and address issues facing schools, students and the teaching profession.

The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—three executive officers and six members—elected at-large by the Representative Assembly.

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