Field Set for 2023 NEA-NH Elections

Online Balloting Begins March 8

NEA-NH is a member-led and member-driven organization. Our Executive Board is made up of members who are elected by members. Our policies and budgets are proposed, amended, and adopted by our members.
Since our founding in 1854, our member-led organization has been promoting and defending public education. We are committed to improving student achievement in New Hampshire public schools, providing learning opportunities for teachers and students, and ensuring that all students are ready to learn.

The filing period to run for NEA-New Hampshire offices has closed and this year’s slate of candidates has been set.

Voting begins March 8 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2021. Again this year, voting will be conducted online.

Candidates are entitled to submit statements and photographs for this issue of the Educator. All statements and photos received for this election appear here.

NEA-NH Secretary/Treasurer (3-year term)

Jacob Goodwin – Exeter Education Association
The heart of our community schools: Educators, Support Professionals and Staff. Shaped by educators at: Pine Tree Elementary School, Kennett High and UNH. Over a decade of public ed service with: Manchester’s Beech Street Elementary School, the Gilmanton School and at the Exeter Cooperative Middle School. Union Service: building rep, local VP, Delegate Assembly, Regional Council, Regional Co-Chair, State Executive Board, State Membership Committee Chair, Gov. Relations Committee. From learning how to read books in a public elementary school, now I look forward to helping to balance the books to keep our union strong. I humbly ask for your vote.


2023 NEA-NH Executive Board Candidates and Statements
Capital Region (2-year term)

Eastern Region (2-year term)

Lakes Region (2-year term)

Monadnock Region (2-year term)
Melissa Alexander – Monadnock Regional Teachers Association
I ask for your support for reelection to the Executive Board representing the Monadnock Region. I have worked hard to represent the region over the last 12 years and feel strongly that the Monadnock region needs to have a strong voice as we continue to face challenges to public education.

Monadnock Region (1-year term)
Sarah Burgess – No statement provided

North Country Region (2-year term)

Seacoast Region (2-year term)

South Central Region (2-year term)

Meg Morse-Barry – Derry Education Association
I am honored to be a member of the NEA-NH Executive Board and ask for your vote to continue. The lessons learned from the pandemic will resonate for years and show the importance of our association and members. My voice on the board will promote the service and support you expect.

Tara Haarlander – Manchester Education Association
Active Special Educator – Inclusion Trained Professional K-12+ seeks Leadership position for the South Central Region NH: Manchester, Hooksett, Londonderry, Auburn, Candia, Derry. 15 years experience. My interests include #nhpolitics safe schools, transition planning/life skills and mental health, well-being for all. I am ready to get to work!

Southern Region (2-year term)
Patrick Keefe – Litchfield Education Association
I am running for a seat on the NEA-NH Executive Board. Currently, I am the president of the Litchfield Education Association and have been a teacher for more than twenty years. I seek this position in order to help protect and advance the interests of NH students and educators.

Southern Region (1-year term)

Western Region (2-year term)

NEA-NH Funded Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly Candidates (2-year term)
Capital Region (2 delegates)

Eastern Region (2 delegates)

Lakes Region (1delegate)

Monadnock Region (1 delegate)
Melissa Alexander – I am asking for your support for re-election as Representative Assembly Delegate I will continue to represent all members from NH at the national level.

North Country Region (1 delegate)

Seacoast Region (2 delegates)
Jacob Goodwin – I teach grade six Social Studies and am a passionate advocate for public schools. @contemplat_ed. Thank you for your support!

South Central Region (2 delegates)
Tara Haarlander – I enjoy learning about NEA policies. It is an honor to represent the largest region in the state each year at the NEA Representative Assembly.

Southern Region (2 delegates)

Western Region (2 delegates)

Retired (1 delegate)