From left, vice president-elect, Al Llorens, president-elect Kathi Griffin, secretary-treasurer-elect Tom Tully

Delegates to the Illinois Education Association (IEA) 163rd Representative Assembly have elected an elementary school teacher from Schaumburg as the next president of the organization.

Kathi Griffin, who is serving her second term as IEA vice president, won election over Roxana  teacher, David Watts.

“I deeply appreciate the trust and confidence our members have expressed in me through this election. As president, I look forward to doing all I can to make certain IEA continues  moving forward and doing what is best for public education and the students we serve,” Griffin said.

Griffin will succeed IEA President Cinda Klickna, who is retiring this summer after completing her second term as president.

Delegates also elected a pair of high school teachers to officer positions. Albert Llorens of Dolton, who has served as IEA secretary-treasurer since 2011, will be the organization’s  next vice president. Tom Tully of Oswego will be the next secretary-treasurer.

The three-year terms of the new officers will begin following the conclusion of the NEA Representative Assembly and Annual Meeting, to be held in Boston in July.

IEA Delegates choose NEA Board members

Delegates to the IEA Representative Assembly also elected three teachers to the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors.

Elected to the NEA Board during the balloting Saturday morning were Karl Goeke of Bloomington, Amy Biancheri of Batavia and Gladys Marquez of Frankfort.

Gladys Marquez-Padilla
Karl Goeke
Amy Compton Biancheri

The Illinois Education Association was founded in 1853 and is comprised of more than 135,000 members, including elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers.

The IEA mission is to effect excellence and equity in public education and to be THE advocacy organization for all public education employees.

IEA is an affiliate of the 3.2 million member National Education Association.