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President & Vice President

President Rita Haecker

Rita Haecker, TSTA President

  • Austin ISD first grade bilingual teacher, 1988-2003
  • Austin ISD consultation chairperson, 2002-08; Austin ISD charitable fund board president, 2003-08
  • Education Austin (formerly known as Austin Association of Teachers)vice president from 1999-2008; Austin Association of Teachers vice president from 1998-99
  • NEA Director for Texas from 2004-08
  • TSTA Community and Instructional Advocacy Committee vice chairperson, 2000-02
  • University of Texas at Austin, BS in education and bilingual education endorsement; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MS, union leadership and administration

Vice President Noel Candelaria

Noel Candelaria, TSTA Vice President

  • Ysleta ISD special education teacher (behavior unit), 2003-11
  • Ysleta ISD educational aide, 2000-02
  • TSTA Board of Directors, 2009-11
  • TSTA Advisory Committee, 2010-11
  • TSTA Strategic Planning Committee, 2010-11
  • Ysleta Teachers Association president, 2008-11, and vice president, 2005-08
  • University of Texas at El Paso, BS in education
  • Sul Ross State University, seeking masters in education administration

Noel was elected TSTA President at the April 2014 TSTA House of Delegates. He and TSTA Vice President-Elect Ovidia Molina of Alief ISD take office July 15, 2014.