Press Release

DES PLAINES – Des Plaines Education Association (DPEA), Des Plaines Educational Support Personnel Association (DPESPA) and Des Plaines Custodial Maintenance Association (DPCMA) today announced their joint recommendations for the upcoming District 62 Board of Education election. Ahead of the April 2 municipal elections, the three unions representing 650 teachers, education support staff professionals and custodians in District 62 recommended three candidates for the three open seats: Jeanette Weller, Tina Garrett and Kelly Morrissey

“This school board election, we have an opportunity to elect board members that will represent the best interests of our students, our staff and our community,” said David Lynch, president of DPEA. “For the first time, we are making recommendations in the school board race to move our district forward.”

DPEA, DPESPA and DPCMA jointly recommended Weller, Garrett and Morrissey to fill the three open seats on the seven-member board. Garrett is the only incumbent recommended. She was appointed to this position in 2017. She currently serves as the community relations representative for District 62. Weller and Morrissey are District 62 residents who offered fresh and innovative ideas on how to propel our district forward.

“We did not take this recommendation process lightly. We want to ensure that the board is comprised of people who want to provide the highest quality public school education for our students and are open to diverse perspectives on how to accomplish that,” said Becky Mazurek, president of DPESPA.

DPEA, DPESPA and DPCMA represent more than 650 teachers, education support staff professionals and custodians in District 62. This is the first time the group has made a recommendation for the District 62 Board of Education.

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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.