Lily Eskelsen García


  • Achievement gap
  • Campaigns and elections
  • Class size and structure
  • Common Core
  • Educational standards
  • English language learners
  • Hispanic students
  • Standardized tests
  • Teacher performance pay
  • Tenure
  • Value-added

Lily Eskelsen García is the president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. She is the first Latina to lead the NEA and one of the country’s most influential Hispanic educators. Prior to assuming the top post, García served two terms as NEA vice president and secretary-treasurer. García began her career in education as a school lunch lady and was named Utah Teacher of the Year in 1989 after nine years in the classroom. She has worked with homeless children and gifted children, as a mentor for student teachers, and as a peer assistance team leader at an elementary school in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. García blogs at “Lily’s Blackboard,” bringing a teacher’s voice to topical education issues. She has been recognized by Education World in their “Best Conference Speakers” edition and has been featured on MSNBC, CNN en Español and as the noble opposition on Fox & Friends. García is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she earned a degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional technology.