After three years of leading the Racine Education Association, Jennifer Levie is stepping down to return full time to the classroom.

She sent a letter Sunday to members of the REA explaining that she wanted to return to teaching full time and stayed on to lead the union through its re-certification, a story in The Journal Times reads.

“I believed it was important to maintain stability and unity in the union at this time of incessant attacks on the education profession and on public schools,” her letter is quoted as reading. “Happily, we have been successful in the recertification and we are stronger than ever in our efforts to protect our public schools, our students and our profession.”

Naomi Baden, executive director of the Racine Education Uni-Serv Council, told the newspaper that the REA will hold elections in the next couple weeks to fill the president vacancy. In the meantime, REA Vice-president Aaron Eick will take the reins.

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