Ballots for the 2014 secretary and treasurer-elect have been mailed out to all NAAC members. Completed ballots must be received by NAAC no later than Friday, March 7, 2014. The winner will be announced at the NAAC Membership Business meeting during the annual conference. The Membership Business meeting will be held on Friday, March 14 at 8:15 - 8:45 am. To read the bios of the candidates, click on the position below.
Candidate: Dr. Sheila Allen
Professor of Reading, Harford Community College
Sheila Allen Ph.D. is seeking a second term as secretary of the National Association for Alternative Certification. Prior to being Secretary, Allen served as Region 5 Director and before that, Maryland State Coordinator. Dr. Allen is also the founder and director of the Center for Career Changers to the Classroom (CCCC), a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of providing information and experiences to prospective career changers into teaching. NAAC and the CCCC are working collaboratively to create a national database of programs for prospective career changers.
Candidate: Andrew Rozell
Director of Development, iteachU.S.
Andrew Rozell has been involved with alternative certification in Texas since 2004, and currently he serves as Director of Development for iteachU.S., an alternative certification provider for Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Hawaii, and Idaho. This position provides Rozell with a broad perspective on alternative certification, since iteachU.S. is approved in several states, each with unique regulations and policies regarding educator certification. Rozell holds a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration, and he served as a financial service representative for Fidelity Investments. He also holds a Texas Educator Certificate, Classroom Teacher, in Mathematics, Grades 8-12. Rozell's background combines a blend of knowledge and experience in the corporate world, the classroom, and the field of educator preparation. Rozell is a member of the Texas Alternative Certification Association (TACA).
Elections for regional directors take place during the regional meetings on-site at the annual conference. This year, Region 2, Region 4 and Region 5 will hold elections. The Nominations and Elections committee have developed a slate for each position. Please note that nominations may also be made from the floor during the regional elections. The regional meetings will take place on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 - 8:00 am (continental breakfast will be served). To read the bios of the slated candidates, click on the positions below.
Position: Region 2 Director
Candidate: John Parker
Supervisor, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
John Parker is a retired US Air Force Officer, former five-term elected official (city Alderman) and former middle school teacher. Parker was an alternative certification teacher, and is now completing his second Masters program, an MAT. Parker was the 2007 Troops to Teachers teacher of the year for the Urban Middle School division. Currently, he is a supervisor for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where he runs the Troops to Teachers program. He has served as the NAAC Region 2 Director and is on the membership committee. Parker hope to vitalize the region's membership by getting a state representative position filled for all Region 2 states.
Position: Region 4 Director
Candidate: Tina Johnson
Lateral Entry Specialist, Guilford County Schools
Tina Johnson has served as a Project Director of a Transition to Teaching grant for nearly five years. She has served as NAAC's Region 4 Director for the past two years. In this capacity, she created a Region 4 wiki and a resource wiki for the greater organization. She also chairs the Training and Professional Learning committee within NAAC. These varied experiences provide her with a rich perspective on programmatic issues in alternative certification.
Position: Region 5 Director
Candidate: Brian Evans, Ed.D
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Pace University
Dr. Brian R. Evans is an associate professor in mathematics education the department chairperson in the School of Education at Pace University in New York. His research interests are social justice in urban and international mathematics education, alternative teacher certification, and pre-service teacher preparation. He is interested in mathematics history and problem solving, as well as teacher content knowledge, attitudes, efficacy, and beliefs. Dr. Evans primarily teaches pedagogical and content courses in mathematics to both in-service and pre-service teachers at the secondary and elementary levels. He is also the co-chairperson for Pace University's Institutional Review Board and is the director of Pace University's Summer Scholars Institute. Dr. Evans has over 25 publications including journal articles, book chapters, and book publications, and he is currently the managing editor for the peer-reviewed Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification. In addition, Dr. Evans had served for the past two years as the Region 5 director for NAAC.
The membership of the Board of Directors shall consist of an Executive Committee (President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer), each of whom is elected by majority vote of the NAAC membership by mail ballots; and five Regional Directors elected by the membership of each of the respective regions at the Annual Conference. The President, President-Elect, and Past President shall serve one two-year term in a respective office. The Secretary, Treasurer, and each Regional Director can be elected to serve no more than two two-year consecutive terms for a total of no more than four consecutive years.
Information on NAAC Board positions is available in the Bylaws.
The Regional Directors are a vital component of the operation of NAAC. They provide the key linkage between the Board of Directors and the State Representatives. Effective communication between the Regional Directors and the states in their regions is essential. There are five (5) regions that make up the NAAC.
Region 1: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Region 2: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Region 3: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 5: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, DC
Duties of Regional Directors
- Serve on the Board of Directors and attend all Board meetings and the Annual Conference. This includes approximately eight virtual meetings and two or more face-to-face board meetings.
- Establish rapport with and serve as a resource for State Representatives.
- Communicate to members in the region through the State Representatives, at a minimum of four times per year.
- Enlist new State Representatives as needed.
- Present recommendations of program activities to Executive Committee and to the full Board.
- Submit reports on regional activities to President and Executive Director
- Write articles, if warranted, for newsletter about programs and special events.
- Help build membership within the region.
- Facilitate Regional Meetings at the annual conference.
- Encourage and support establishment of state affiliate organizations.
- Serve as a committee chair or liaison.