KNEA Secretary-Treasurer – Jonathan Eshnaur 

Jonathan Eshnaur is a high school special education teacher at Olathe Northwest High School who seeks to empower his students for their future. Jonathan previously taught special education at Salina South High School for seven years and one year of middle school social studies at Kenneth Henderson Middle School in Garden City, Kansas. 

A proud lifelong Kansan, Jonathan saw the promise of public schools, having attended and graduated from Norwich schools in Norwich, Kansas. He attended Butler Community College and then transferred to Wichita State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies. Jonathan transitioned to the role of a high school special education teacher at Salina South High School while attending Kansas State University, where he earned a Master’s of Science in Secondary Special Education.   

Jonathan’s passion for public education is rooted in his life experiences. He was inspired to enter the education profession to make a difference for future generations by the many educators at Norwich schools who invested time and energy from when he was in kindergarten to high school. His grandmother Eshnaur taught in one-room schoolhouses across Kansas, and his mother taught elementary school in western Kansas.

Jonathan has served in various association leadership positions at the local level and Kansas NEA, from building representative, local president, UniServ Chair to communications coordinator. He has always worked to put the goal of Kansas NEA first, “Great Public Schools for Every Student,” into action.

As Secretary-Treasurer, Jonathan serves as the chair of the Budget and Audit Committee and the KNEA Strategic Focus Grant committee and is a member of the KNEA Executive Committee and KNEA Board of Directors. 

Jonathan enjoys spending time with his three nieces, family, and friends in his free time. He also enjoys running and keeping active at the gym.