Several Southeast Tennessee teachers won influential positions this weekend within the Tennessee Education Association, the state's teachers union affiliated with the National Education Association.
Grundy County teacher Beth Brown was voted the union's vice president. An English teacher at Grundy County High School, Brown has been involved with TEA since she began her teaching career.
She and other officers were elected at the group's annual Nashville assembly of nearly 800 Tennessee teachers. The group elected Barbara Gray, a Memphis-Shelby County Schools administrator, as its new president, replacing Gera Summerford, a high school math teacher from Sevier County.
From Hamilton County, East Lake Elementary teacher Pam Alicia Thompson and Hardy Elementary teacher Shawanda Perkins were elected to serve on the TEA board of directors.