Education Minnesota elects new Vice President at annual Representative Convention

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. Photo by Matt Blewett

Education Minnesota wrapped up their annual Representative Convention in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 27. The organization’s annual meeting was attended by over 540 delegates from around the state and featured Minnesota elected officials, Gov. Tim Walz, State Auditor Julie Blaha, Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker.

Education Minnesota affiliates with both the National Education Association, NEA, and the American Federation of Teachers, AFT. Delegates heard from AFT President Randi Weingarten and NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

Delegates elected the next generation of officers. Running unopposed, President Denise Specht and Secretary-Treasurer Rodney Rowe were re-elected. Vice President, Paul Mueller, who has served in that position since 2007 did not seek re-election. A field of nine ran to replace him and Duluth educator Bernie Burnham was selected as the new Vice President. She will start her term on July 1. See the full list of elected officials at

Burnham is the first member of color to be elected to the Education Minnesota executive team and is quoted on the Education Minnesota website as follows, “‘I was the first woman leader in my local, first person of color leader,’ she said. ‘It’s important that our students see that there are possibilities for all of them.'”

Read more about the 2019 Education Minnesota Representative Convention at

My Story Minnesota founder, Matt Blewett is a freelance photographer. Please note that he is an employee of Education Minnesota ESI Member Benefits. This article was written for informational purposes only, all questions should be directed to Education Minnesota.