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President Eddie Campbell
Eddie Campbell serves as President of the 44,000-member Kentucky Education Association, representing educators across the commonwealth. He is a former music teacher and choir director from Knox County Central High School and Knox County Middle School and serves. He was first elected as president in 2019 and reelected in 2022.
During his 26 years of active service in the association he served as KEA vice president for two terms, as well as secretary, vice-president, president and member of the board of directors of his local, the Knox County Education Association.
Campbell was a classroom teacher for 20 years. He was choir director at Knox Central High School in Barbourville, Kentucky, from 2006 to 2016. He grew up in the small town of Hyden in Leslie County, Kentucky, graduated from Leslie County High School and earned his bachelor’s (1996) and master’s (2001) degrees from Union College. In 2015 he earned the teaching profession’s highest credential, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He was a finalist for the 2016 Ashland Oil Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award.
Campbell knew even before he entered the classroom for the first time that he wanted to be to be active in KEA. “When I got my first teaching job, I went looking for the KEA representative at my school so I could fill out my form,” he said. “I remembered what my mentor and resource teacher Jim Sproul told me, that I needed to be a member because KEA is the only group that advocates for students and educators.”
Vice President Joel Wolford
Joel Wolford is the Vice President of the Kentucky Education Association (KEA). He was elected in 2019 to a three-year term and reelected by acclimation in 2022. Wolford has been a teacher for 23 years, most recently as a Librarian Media Specialist at Russell Springs Elementary. He has been a member of KEA his entire teaching career, served on the KEA Board of Directors and as the Middle Cumberland Education Association’s (MCEA) president and vice president. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former two-term mayor of his hometown of Russell Springs in Russell County, Kentucky.
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