MSEA Election 2019

MSEA elects new directors to the NEA Board

This year, MSEA members voted in Theresa Dudley and Tanya Martin as two new members of the NEA Board of Directors, which consists of at least one representative from each state plus an additional one for every 20,000 members. They begin three-year terms on September 1 on both the NEA board and MSEA’s 15-member board. Click here for more election results.

THERESA DUDLEY Prince George’s County

Theresa Dudley begins her term as an NEA Director September 1, 2019.

Thank you MSEA members for your support! I am so excited to represent MSEA and NEA.

My work as a classroom teacher and PGCEA president has prepared me for this opportunity. My career started as a substitute teacher before working as a support professional in the computer lab. In 1999, I started my full-time teaching career working as an elementary teacher for 11 years before moving to middle school for seven years, where I taught social studies and science.

Having raised two children in public schools, I know the quality of a student’s education should not be determined by their zip code. Education equity is a social justice issue. We are the voice of public education and I promise to honor you with hard work.


Tanya Johnson Martin begins her term as an NEA Director September 1, 2019.

For the past 24 years, I have been a member of the Howard County Education Association and have held several leadership positions within the county.

I look forward to utilizing my leadership strengths as I work with the members of the NEA and MSEA boards of directors, as well as MSEA members and leadership, to continue our focus on topics that are important in education during this important time in our history. These topics include improving the working conditions for all educators, equity among ESP and certified staff, increasing equity and opportunities for all students, reducing over-testing, and promoting more inclusiveness in education.

Recognizing and supporting all who are involved in the educational process is vital to the overall success of our students — academically, emotionally, and socially.

Your State Delegation to the NEA RA

NEA President Lily Eskelson conducting business at the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly.

MSEA’s total delegation to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) — state and locally elected representatives — is 325, including 65 delegates elected in the 2019 MSEA Election. Also representing the state are President Cheryl Bost, the MSEA Board of Directors (including MSEA’s four NEA directors), and a student delegate. Click here for your locally elected delegates and more state election results.

What is the NEA RA?

The RA consists of around 8,000 delegates representing state and local affiliates. All delegates are elected by their local and state associations. The RA is the primary legislative and policymaking body of NEA and the largest democratic deliberative assembly in the world. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather at the RA to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business.