ROSEMONT – The president of the Student Education Association chapter at Loyola University Chicago, Rebecca Kreidler, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as the organization’s 2018 Student of the Year.

Kreidler, who is studying secondary education and history at Loyola, also serves as chair of the IEA’s statewide student program and is a member of the Resolutions Committee for the National Education Association.

Kreidler was recognized as student of the year on Thursday at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA. Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“Rebecca Kreidler has demonstrated her ability to organize and to advocate, to the benefit of her fellow students,” said IEA president Kathi Griffin.

“Becky has already proven herself a leader. Her significant skills will serve her well when she becomes a classroom teacher. We are proud to honor her as our student of the year.”

The IEA Student of the Year award is named after former IEA President Bob Haisman.


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.