Princess Moss, who got her start in education as a music teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in 1983, was elected this month to serve as the National Education Association’s vice president. She received the support of nearly 6,000 delegates who cast their ballots by mail.
“I was extremely excited to have the confidence of the delegates to be the voice of educators and students across the country,” Moss said.
Moss took a leave of absence from her Louisa schools job six years ago to become the NEA’s secretary-treasurer.
Public education is facing many unprecedented challenges with the pandemic, and Moss says it’s more important than ever to make sure teachers and students have what they need to succeed.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new light on the many inequities embedded into our systems,” Moss said in a written statement. “As your vice president, I pledge my full attention and energy to ensuring safe learning spaces for all students and educators, and to bridging these inequities. We must be unapologetic and relentless in fighting for our diverse population of students so that they receive the support they need to ensure their success.”
Public education has always been near to Moss’s heart. Both of her parents were school bus drivers for Spotsylvania County when she was growing up, and they always emphasized the importance of education.
Moss says she misses teaching, but she’s glad to be in a position to use her voice to advocate for their interests.
“I miss the students; I miss the teachers; I miss the camaraderie, but the reason I got involved with the National Education Association is because I want to make public education better for students and my fellow educators,” she said.
Moss will begin her new role on Sept. 1.