May 16, 2011

PSEA delegates elect new officers and NEA Directors

Mike Crossey 2011PSEA member delegates representing their colleagues at the May 2011 PSEA House of Delegates in Philadelphia voted to elect Michael J. Crossey, a teacher from the Keystone Oaks School District, to a two-year term as PSEA president, beginning Sept. 1.

Crossey, a special education teacher currently serving as PSEA vice president, will succeed current PSEA President Jim Testerman. Testerman, a science teacher from the Central York School District, has served two terms as PSEA president, and according to the association’s constitution cannot serve another consecutive term.

Crossey served more than 20 years as a local association president and has served at the state level as a member of the PSEA Political Action Committee for Education and the PSEA State Legislative Committee. Crossey graduated from Duquesne University and has two master’s degrees and a reading specialist certificate. He has earned seven areas of certification and taught at all levels in the Keystone Oaks School District, most often serving as a high school emotional support program teacher.

PSEA Vice President
Delegates also elected W. Gerard “Jerry” Oleksiak as PSEA vice president, effective Sept. 1. Oleksiak, a special education teacher in the Upper Merion Area School District, is currently serving a two-year term as PSEA treasurer.

PSEA Treasurer
The delegates also elected Dolores McCracken, an education paraprofessional in the Council Rock School District, as PSEA treasurer. McCracken works in a sixth grade inclusion classroom and currently serves on the PSEA Board of Directors. She has been president of her local association for five years.

McCracken will be the first education support professional elected to serve as a PSEA state officer.

NEA Directors
The delegates also elected Richard J. Bioteau, a science teacher in the Cheltenham Township School District, and Grace A. Bekaert, a special education teacher in the Coatesville Area School District, to three-year terms on the National Education Association’s Board of Directors, effective Sept. 1.

The delegates also elected five PSEA members to one-year terms as alternate directors to the NEA Board of Directors:

Pamela R. Brown, a computer science teacher in the Oxford Area School District; Theresa L. Flood, a social studies teacher in the Norristown Area School District; Christine A. Gehring, a music teacher in the Oxford Area School District; Jolene Hough, an elementary teacher in the Brownsville Area School District; and Patricia Cannon, a high school business teacher in the Hazleton Area School District.

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