Dolores McCracken, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), has passed away after a brief battle with cancer.

McCracken began her career in education as a paraprofessional in a sixth-grade inclusion classroom in the Castle Rock School District before holding leadership positions at the local, regional, and statewide levels. For more than two decades, McCracken was a tireless advocate for students, public school employees, and public education.

“Dolores McCracken was a staunch advocate for public education throughout her 20-year career in public education and I always found her to be a strong ally in our fight for the best interests of public school students and our members,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “On a personal level, I have lost a friend upon whom I could always rely for advice and support. On behalf of the entire NJEA family, I send our deepest condolences to Dolores’s family and friends, and to the members of the PSEA. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.”

From 2001 to 2011, McCracken served as a member of the PSEA ESP Board and PSEA Board of Directors, championing programs that improved salaries and working conditions for educational support professionals. She was also a member of the PSEA Member Benefits Board.

In 2011, McCracken was elected PSEA treasurer. In that role, she established the PSEA Education Foundation to support education initiatives across the state, and served as the foundation’s president.

Following her election as PSEA vice president in 2015, McCracken oversaw revisions to the PSEA’s mission, vision, values, and goals, and championed a public relations campaign to promote the association and public education.

In 2017, McCracken became the first ESP member to serve as PSEA president.

NJEA extends its deepest condolences to McCracken’s family and friends, and all the members of the PSEA.

For more information about McCracken’s life and career, and to send a message to McCracken’s family, please visit PSEA’s website.

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