Kari Overall began her three-year term as IEA President August 1, 2017, following her election in statewide balloting by IEA members. Prior to her election, Overall worked as a classroom teacher in Boise and served the Association in a number of different roles.
Behind Overall’s leadership, the Idaho Education Association has enjoyed steady and significant membership growth. The Association has also cultivated a substantial role as an influencer of education policy and has ramped up professional development opportunities across the state. Overall has served on Idaho’s Teacher Pipeline Workgroup, the ESSA Consolidated Plan Workgroup, the Mentoring Framework Committee, the College and Career Advising Workgroup, and the 2019 Governor’s Task Force on Public Education.
Overall spent 13 years teaching United States history at South Junior High School in Boise. She is a graduate of Boise High School and has an Associates of Arts Degree from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) and a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in history from the University of Idaho. In addition, she has earned her Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Lesley University.
Being active in the IEA and the Boise Education Association has been a significant part of Overall’s professional background as well. She served on the IEA Board of Directors for 11 years, including seven years as a regional representative. For the five years prior to her election as IEA President, Overall was the elected NEA Director for the IEA, which entails a position on the National Education Association’s Board of Directors. With the Boise Education Association, she was a building representative for 12 years and a member of the BEA’s Executive Board for eight years.
Overall has called Idaho home since she was eight years old. She and her husband, LJ, live in Boise with their two daughters.