Mary Cathryn RickerMary Cathryn Ricker is the executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. She was overwhelmingly elected to that position in July 2014 at the AFT's biennial convention. Ricker served as president of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Federation of Teachers since 2005, as an AFT vice president since 2012, and a member of the AFT K-12 Teachers program and policy council since 2006. A native of Hibbing, Minn., Ricker has taught in classrooms in St. Cloud and Saint Paul, Minn.; Camas, Wash.; and Seoul, South Korea. In addition to being a National Board Certified middle school English teacher, Ricker also serves on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards board of directors. She also serves on the Education Minnesota governing board and is the past president of the Education Minnesota Foundation for Teaching and Learning.  Among the current national boards Ricker serves on: United Way USA, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees and the Albert Shanker Institute.

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