KNEA Associate Executive Director- Julie Wilson
A former teacher and middle school principal, Julie Wilson brings a wealth of education, union and leadership experience to her role as the Associate Executive Director for Kansas NEA.
Wilson joined the KNEA leadership team in January 2015, utilizing her experience as a KNEA UniServ Director and the Director of Organizing. Her primary responsibility is to implement the UniServ Program – the effective system to deliver services to members across the state.
A proud product of public schools, Wilson graduated from Salina Central High School and earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and the Social Sciences at Emporia State University (ESU). In an effort to continue honing her teaching skills, Wilson returned to Emporia State to earn a Master of Science: Master Teacher. At the same time, she completed her building level administration degree at ESU.
After 16 successful years teaching the Social Sciences in Finney County, Wilson assumed the role of middle school principal in the Nickerson/South Hutchinson district. As a teacher leader, Wilson served as local president and as a member of many bargaining teams. In her roles as an Association leader, she grew to understand the impact strong local collective voices have on teachers’ ability to provide meaningful learning experiences for their students.
She continued her advocacy for quality public schools when she served as president of the Kansas Association of Middle-Level Educators (KAMLE) promoting the middle school concept across the state. In addition to advocating for education, Wilson has served on the Reno County Jail Committee, which culminated with the building of a new correctional facility focusing on programs designed to help those incarcerated build skills necessary to live a more productive life. In addition, she is a founding member of the MOD (Moderation for Our Democracy) Squad in Reno County which works to facilitate a healthy democracy for all Kansans through compromise and nonpartisanship by supporting public education, a fair tax policy”, and a strong middle class.
Wilson’s husband is an educator, and their son is a healthcare professional. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, which includes two hilarious Terriers, go on adventures with her friends and spend time on the lake with a fishing pole.