Eskelson Elected to National Teachers Union Post

Eskelson Elected to National Teachers Union Post

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Lily Eskelson, a former Utah Teacher of the Year and Democratic congressional candidate, has won her first full term as secretary-treasurer of the National Education Association.

She was unopposed in the election for the third-highest post in the N-E-A, overseeing the group's multimillion-dollar budget.

Eskelsen was first elected N-E-A secretary-treasurer a year ago to complete the term of another N-E-A official.

She was elected to a full three-year term this week in New Orleans.

The guitar-playing folk singer was a popular past president of the Utah Education Association. She ran for Congress in 1998 and served as a member of President Clinton's White House Strategy Session on Improving Hispanic Education in 2000.

She is on leave from her teaching position at the Christmas Box House Children's Shelter, a one-room school and residential facility in Salt Lake City for children awaiting placement in foster homes.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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