New Jersey educator elected to NEA Executive Committee

Christine Sampson-Clark will become national advocate for students, educators, and great public schools

Christine Sampson-Clark, a special education teacher in New Jersey’s Trenton School District, was elected to the National Education Association Executive Committee on Friday, July 5, during NEA’s annual Representative Assembly. The nine-member Executive Committee is the governing body for the nearly 3 million-member association. Sampson-Clark’s three-year term begins September 1, 2019.

Sampson-Clark began her career in education 30 years ago as an education support professional and since then has taught in special education programs and alternative education programs, and also provided literacy intervention through the Reading Recovery program.

“NEA values Christine’s involvement on the national level and her passion for helping to ensure that future educators have the resources and support they deserve,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “She understands the importance of supporting educators at every phase of their careers in order to provide students with a high-quality education.”

“I’m honored to join NEA’s Executive Committee and look forward to representing the voices of my fellow education professionals in this role,” said Sampson-Clark. “I believe it is my duty to promote education excellence for our students and our educators.”

As an educator, advocate, and community activist, Sampson-Clark is dedicated to raising issues on the national agenda that are important to students and NEA members. She also is committed to quality and equity in public education and inspiring members to work collectively.

“Our members deserve professional respect as well as the resources needed to provide all our students with great schools. NEA is vital to these goals,” Sampson-Clark said.

Sampson-Clark currently serves on the NEA Board of Directors. Previously, she served as chair of a number of NEA boards and committees, including the NEA Board’s Black Caucus and the NEA Friends of Education Committee. She is passionate about her community involvement with the Not in My Neighborhood community advocacy group and the Rising Over Sexual Abuse (ROSA) Warriors.

Christine received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and earned her master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership at Grand Canyon University.

The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—three executive officers and six members. The six NEA members are elected at-large by the Representative Assembly. The Executive Committee is responsible for general policy and interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between its regularly scheduled.

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