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Our President

Mike Beranek, our president, is a third grade teacher on release from Western Hills Elementary School in West Des Moines.
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Mike Beranek, a 30-year veteran teacher, was elected president of the Iowa State Education Association in April 2018 by member delegates at the annual Delegate Assembly. They reelected Mike for a second term in 2021.

Mike served as vice president of the ISEA from 2012-2015. Mike has also served as the ISEA’s representative on the NEA Board of Directors 2009 to 2012 and has been active in the association as a member of the ISEA Executive Board. He is a member of the Commission on Educator Leadership and Compensation, Iowa Department of Education State Assessment Committee, Iowa Department Teacher of the Year selection committee and serves on the Comprehensive Center Network Region 9 Board.

Mike was the proud recipient of the Disney American Teacher Award for 2001, being cited for his innovative classroom projects and activities. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with Preschool from Iowa State University in 1984, and a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from Iowa State University in 1988. You can reach Mike at [email protected].


Leading in our schools, communities, and state.

The Iowa State Education Association works to promote, advance, and protect public education, the education profession, and the rights and interests of our members. When you join the ISEA, you’re joining forces with the power and influence of 3.2 million members nationwide.