Following statewide voting from Association members, Boise teacher Layne McInelly has been elected president of the Idaho Education Association. His three-year term will officially begin Aug. 1, 2020. Vallivue teacher Erin Paradis has been elected IEA Vice President. McInelly has taught sixth grade at Morley Nelson Elementary School in Boise for 12 years. He has been serving as the IEA president since December 2019 following five years as IEA vice president. He has also represented the Boise Education Association on the IEA Board of Directors, served on the IEA Government Relations Committee, and been the chair of the IEA Budget Committee.
McInelly is a lifelong Idahoan who graduated from Teton High School in Driggs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Boise State University and his Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Lesley University. His father worked in education for 40 years and two of his sisters are also Idaho educators.
Paradis recently completed her eighth year as a music educator at Desert Springs Elementary School in the Vallivue School District. She also has an extensive background working for the Association, currently serving as the president of Region 8 and the co-president of the Vallivue Education Association. She has been a member of the IEA Board of Directors since 2016 and has served on the Instruction and Professional Development committee and the IGNITE team.