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May 20, 2015
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

Association of American Educators Promotes Colin Sharkey to Executive Vice President

Alexandria, VA – The Association of American Educators (AAE) today announced that Colin Sharkey, current AAE Senior Director of National Projects, will serve AAE as Executive Vice President and member of the executive team, reporting to Chairman and President Gary Beckner.

Sharkey will share the entire operating responsibility under Beckner's authority, overseeing day-to-day operations of AAE, the AAE Foundation, and its growing network of state chapters. The new role will include setting and meeting membership and revenue goals, hiring and supervising managers and staff, controlling expenses, and developing and directing operating procedures to support AAE's objectives and policies.

"I am thrilled that Colin will be helping to lead our team," said Beckner. "In his seven years of service to AAE, Colin has demonstrated exemplary capability, character, and heart for the mission of AAE. I'm confident that he has what it takes to help lead us into the future."

Sharkey joins AAE's executive team from a position directing national projects for the association. Under his leadership, Sharkey has spearheaded numerous innovative technology, membership, expansion, and development initiatives.

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators' organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit for further information.