PSEA officers Oleksiak, McCracken, Askey begin new terms
A special education teacher from the Upper Merion Area School District began a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association on September 1.
W. Gerard “Jerry” Oleksiak, a 32-year veteran teacher, previously served as PSEA Vice President, PSEA Treasurer, a member of the PSEA Board of Directors, and President of the Mideastern Region of PSEA, which includes Bucks and Montgomery counties.
He succeeds Michael Crossey, who had served two consecutive two-year terms as PSEA President.
“I'm honored to serve as PSEA's president and I'm excited to represent PSEA's incredible members,” Oleksiak said.
“Pennsylvania's public schools are excellent, the PSEA members who work in them are amazing, and the students we teach are the future of our state and our communities. It's a privilege to be in a position to advocate for the people who make our public schools great.”
“I'm a teacher first and I always will be,” Oleksiak added. “I look at the challenges our schools and students face through that lens, so I know just how hard PSEA's teachers and support professionals work to serve Pennsylvania's kids.”
Also beginning two-year terms are Vice President Dolores M. McCracken and Treasurer Richard W. Askey.
McCracken, who previously served two consecutive two-year terms as PSEA Treasurer, is a paraprofessional from the Council Rock School District with nearly two decades of experience in the classroom.
McCracken also served as a member of the PSEA Board of Directors, and as president and vice president of her local association, the Council Rock Education Support Professionals Association.
Askey is a music teacher from the Harrisburg School District, and a member of the PSEA Board of Directors. He served on National Education Association's Board of Directors for five years.
Askey also served as treasurer and president-elect of PSEA's Southern Region, which includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties.