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LOS ANGELES – Dean E. Vogel was elected to a second two-year term as president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association during the quarterly meeting of the State Council of Education in Los Angeles. Also re-elected to a second term was CTA Vice President Eric C. Heins. The two officers join CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo, who was re-elected earlier this year.
Vogel, 65, of Davis in Yolo County, draws on 39 years in education and is an elementary school counselor in the Vacaville Unified School District. He is the 54th educator to serve as president of the organization, which commemorates its 150th anniversary this year.
“I am so honored to be serving as CTA president for a second term,” Vogel said. “As a long-time officer, board member and an educator, I am intimately aware of the challenges educators and their students face every day. We are fortunate that, thanks to the passage of Proposition 30 by voters last November, we are not seeing thousands of educators receiving pink slips this year. But we are not out of the woods yet. California still has a way to go in restoring the budget cuts that were made these past few years.”
Heins has taught elementary school in the Pittsburg Unified School District for 22 years and is a member of the Pittsburg Education Association. He has also served as a member of the CTA Board of Directors representing educators in Contra Costa and most of Alameda counties. Heins resides in San Francisco.
“Working with Dean Vogel and Mikki Cichocki-Semo on the recent campaign was a tremendously rewarding experience,” Heins said. “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of our members and our public schools,” Heins said.
The State Council of Education is comprised of 780 democratically elected members and is the union’s top governing body.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.