NEA V.P. Gives Teachers a Voice

Princess Moss ’83 is vice president of the National Education Association.

Princess Moss ’83 was elected vice president of the National Education Association (NEA) in August, representing 3 million members of the nation’s largest professional organization.

As secretary-treasurer of the NEA for the past six years, she oversaw the multimillion-dollar budget of an organization for which she has held leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels.

The Mary Washington music major began her nearly four decades of service with the NEA as a student member of the affiliated Virginia Education Association, of which she later served two terms as president. Moss spent 21 years as a public school music teacher.

Moss earned a master’s degree in elementary and secondary administration and supervision from the University of Virginia. A member of Mary Washington’s College of Education (COE) Advisory Board, she received UMW’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006 and served on the UMW Board of Visitors from 2007 to 2011.

Last summer, she joined COE Dean Pete Kelly and Spotsylvania County Schools Director of Human Resources Melanie Kay-Wyatt ’92 to teach “The Pandemic’s Impact on K-12 Education,” the final installment of UMW’s free eight-week online “COVID-19 in Context” summer course. With the pandemic further exposing inequities in public schools, Moss wants fellow teachers to know that in her new role, she will work to provide safe learning spaces for all, and that she stands with them.

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