Layne McInelly has been elected President of the Idaho Education Association in statewide voting by IEA members. Erin Paradis has been elected Vice President. Both will serve three-year terms beginning August 1, 2020.
Layne has been serving as IEA President since December 2019. Prior to that, he was the IEA Vice President for five years. He has an extensive background with our Association, having served on the IEA Board of Directors and the IEA Government Relations Committee, and as the chair of the IEA Budget Committee. He taught sixth grade at Morley-Nelson Elementary School in Boise for 13 years.
Erin has also been very active in Association work. She is currently the Region 8 President and co-President of the Vallivue Education Association. She has served on the IEA Board of Directors since 2016 and has been a key member of the IPD committee and the IGNITE team. Erin is a music educator at Desert Springs Elementary School in the Vallivue School District.
Please join me in congratulating Layne and Erin on their elections. I know they will be terrific representatives for our membership and will work diligently on behalf of educators, students, and public schools in Idaho.
Four other statewide posts were filled in this election.
NEA Resolutions Chair—Pamela Fleischmann
ESP At-Large—Katherine Wiese
Board of Directors, Retired—Dick Chilcote
Aspiring Educator—Alexia Peck
In addition, several spots on the Board of Directors representing our regions were determined in voting by IEA members.
Region 1–Jake Smulkowski
Region 2–Lindsey McKinney
Region 3–Pierrette Madrid Harris
Region 4 (2 year term)–Kristie Shobe
Region 4 (3 year term)–Wendy Smith
Region 5–Mary Anne McGrory
Region 6–Elizabeth (Lisie) Smith
Region 7–Erin Stutzman
Region 8–Alicia Purdy
The Idaho Education Association is in excellent hands for the future with these leaders at the helm. We have a lot of work to do in a challenging environment, so our leadership team will be relying on our amazing members for support, engagement, and advocacy.
Executive Director, Idaho Education Association