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North Carolina teacher elected to NEA executive committee

Mark Jewell to bring years of experience to nine-member NEA leadership body


WASHINGTON - September 01, 2020 -

Delegates to the 99th National Education Association Representative Assembly elected North Carolina educator Mark Jewell to the NEA Executive Committee, the Association’s highest leadership body comprised of three executive officers and six members elected at large by the voting delegates. For the first time in the history of the Representative Assembly, voting took by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark was elected in a run-off election to fill the second of two open seats on the committee

“I am incredibly honored to receive the trust and confidence of our members to serve on the NEA Executive Committee,” said Jewell. “I am excited to join our new leadership team while standing on the shoulders of the giants who came before us. As an NEA leader, I have spent my entire career as a champion of human and civil rights and a proud community coalition partner with organizations that share our commitment to a just society. As a member of the NEA Executive Committee, I will continue to fight for racial, social, and economic justice for all of our members, students, schools, and communities and use our collective power to fulfill the promise of a high quality public education for all.”

Mark Jewell is a 33-year public school teacher, with the majority of his experience occurring at the elementary level as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher. During his tenure, Mark has been a strong advocate for children, young adults, and educators. He spent 10 years as a classroom teacher in West Virginia, and the last 22 years with North Carolina’s Guilford County Schools, serving at Oak Hill Elementary in High Point and Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro. He was honored to receive Teacher of the Year at both schools.

Most recently, Mark served as a lateral entry specialist for the GCS Human Resources Department, providing support for new teachers entering the profession through alternative licensure pathways. In addition, he has also contributed to numerous community groups including Safe Schools NC Board of Directors, NC Science Math and Technology Board, Capital Area Workforce Development, and the NC Teacher of the Year Selection Committee. In 2018, he was appointed education chair of the North Carolina NAACP.

“As an experienced classroom teacher, Mark knows firsthand the challenges students, educators and public education are facing today,” said outgoing NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “As he has done throughout his accomplished public education career, Mark undoubtedly will remain committed to the success of every student no matter their ZIP code. Public education will reap the benefits from the vision and dedication Mark will bring to the Executive Committee to ensure that students have the schools they deserve.” 

Jewell is a respected voice on public education policy, and a champion for all stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels. In 2016, the Greensboro News and Record selected Mark as one of the city’s “Eight Men Who Make a Difference.” The 2018 edition of Longleaf Politics rated Mark one of the state’s top 15 political influencers. He is the past president of the Guilford County Association of Educators, and served on the Board of Directors for both the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the National Education Association. In March 2018, Mark was re-elected to his second term as NCAE president, the state’s largest organization representing public school employees.

About the NEA Executive Committee

The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—three executive officers and six members. The six NEA members are elected at large by the Representative Assembly. The Executive Committee is responsible for general policy and interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between its regularly scheduled.

Nearly 8,000 educator delegates from every state came together virtually during the National Education Association’s 99th Representative Assembly on July 2-3. The RA took place remotely for the first time in its history out of an abundance of caution as communities across America face the COVID-19 crisis.

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About the National Education Association: 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, students preparing to become teachers, healthcare workers, and public employees. Learn more at www.nea.org.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez, NEA Communications  (202) 491-9532, mgonzalez@nea.org