Lily Eskelsen García is EI Regional Vice President for the North American/Caribbean Region and president of the 3 million-member National Education Association (USA). She began her career in education as a school lunch lady, and became Utah’s state Teacher of the Year in 1989 after nine years in the classroom. She also worked with homeless children and gifted children and served as a mentor for student teachers. Prior to assuming the top post at NEA, she served two terms each as Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. Lily is a graduate of the University of Utah, graduating magna cum laude in elementary education and later earning her master’s degree in instructional technology.