TEA hires new executive director (from Denver & Oklahoma)

News release from Tennessee Education Association:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Tennessee Education Association has named Carolyn Crowder, an experienced education leader, as its new executive director.

Crowder comes to Tennessee from Denver, where she served for the past four years as executive director of the combined Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Association of Education Office Professionals and DCTA-Retired.

She previously served as president of the Oklahoma Education Association and as a member of the executive committee of the National Education Association. In this latter role, she helped set NEA policy and travelled the country providing support to NEA members and affiliates.

Crowder began her career in education as a vocal music and elementary teacher in Oklahoma City and Mustang, Okla. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK, and her master’s degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmund.

TEA, the state’s largest professional association of educators, has over 40,000 members in school districts and on college campuses across Tennessee. As TEA executive director, Crowder will provide leadership to a staff of 54 who work in TEA headquarters in Nashville and in UniServ districts across the state.

Crowder was selected for the top staff position at TEA following a nationwide search. She succeeds Alphonso Mance, who retired in January after 29 years at TEA, and Interim Executive Director Mitchell Johnson.