Colorado Education Association elects new president
The Colorado Education Association today elected Kerrie Dallman its new president at its annual statewide delegate assembly.
Dallman, who is currently the president of Jefferson County Education Association, will officially take office in July for a three-year term.
“I am humbled by the faith that CEA leaders placed in me today,” said Dallman. “I am committed to leading an inclusive organization where members are empowered to own their profession and organize for the future to make sure every student has access to a great public education.”
Kerrie Dallman at a JCEA budget meeting in 2011
Dallman is a recognized education leader in Colorado for her work on behalf of public school students in the state's largest school district. She serves on the State Council for Educator Effectiveness and is an inaugural class member of the Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows program.
Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of District Twelve Education Association, was elected CEA’s new vice president.
“It is my honor and privilege to have been elected by the CEA delegates to serve as the next CEA vice president,” said Baca-Oehlert. “As educators, we know what we do leads to real results for our students. I believe there is no greater honor than to stand up for and with the great educators in this state.”
CEA President Beverly Ingle, who is nearing the end of two consecutive three-year terms as the association’s leader, is retiring from the teaching profession. Ingle taught in elementary and middle schools during a 30-plus year teaching career, most recently in the Cherry Creek School District.
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel praised Ingle for her “legacy of leadership” and for “creating an atmosphere where students can do their very best” in a recorded video message played this morning at the delegate assembly.
“Beverly has been strong and fearless in fighting for CEA members and public schools,” said Van Roekel. “She’s been a major player in making CEA the voice that Colorado school employees both need and deserve.”
The CEA delegates also adopted a new association mission statement: The Colorado Education Association works collectively to provide the best public education for every student.