Park City educator elected UEA president
Treasure Mountain Junior High School media specialist Heidi Matthews was elected by her public school teacher peers to serve a three-year term as president of the Utah Education Association. She was elected in a statewide vote of UEA-member educators held March 24-April 15. Election results were certified and announced by the UEA Elections Committee on April 22. Her term begins July 15.
Matthews has 28 years of public school teaching experience. She has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Association representing Utah since 2014 and was president of the Park City Education Association from 2009 to 2012.
Matthews succeeds Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh who served the maximum two terms in the position, beginning in 2010. Running against Matthews in the UEA General Election was Elk Meadows Elementary (Jordan School District) teacher Jennifer Boehme.
Also elected was Cache County School District teacher Roger Donohoe as UEA vice president. Donohoe has taught in Utah schools for 23 years and has served as president of the Cache and Piute Education Associations. He is a science teacher at Cedar Ridge Middle School in Hyde Park. The UEA vice president is a part-time position.
Donohoe succeeds Tom Nedreberg, a 37-year teaching veteran currently working as technology director in Tintic School District.
The president and vice president serve on the UEA’s 17-member Board of Directors, the UEA’s corporate body, charged primarily with providing direction and implementing policy. Board members are democratically elected full-time public school educators. The following were elected to the five UEA Board positions subject to election in 2016:
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- Dan Pitcher, Davis School District;
- Mallory Record, Canyons School District;
- Paula Zsiray, Cache County School District;
- Marjean Wayment, Weber School District; and
- Marty Davis, Nebo School District
About the Utah Education Association—
For more than a century, the Utah Education Association has been dedicated to its mission of promoting quality schools for Utah’s children and strengthening the teaching profession. The UEA is the largest public education employee association in Utah, representing 18,000 active classroom teachers, retired educators, administrators, licensed educational support personnel and campus student organizations. The UEA has local affiliates in each of the state’s 41 school districts, Applied Technology Colleges, and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.