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  • Karl is entering his 17th year in public education.  He has taught Spanish in a variety of settings ranging from the middle school to the university level.  He taught bilingual fourth grade in the district for three years.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.  He is in his second term as president of UFEA and will return to the classroom next year.  He is a father of two and a husband.  He enjoys running, eating, and reading.
    Karl Goeke
    UFEA President
  • Lindsey is in her 9th year teaching eighth grade math at Evans Junior High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Illinois State University  She began her union involvement as a building representative and now is in her 4th year as the Vice President of UFEA.  Her husband also works in Unit 5 as a paraprofessional.
    Lindsey Dickinson
    UFEA Vice President
  • Tracy Freemen
    UFEA Secretatry
  • Rebecca Spears
    UFEA Treasurer
  • Ben Matthews is a native of Bloomington-Normal. He taught at Prairieland Elementary School from 1999 until 2007. While teaching, he served UFEA in a variety of roles, including as a member of the Bargaining and Grievance Committees, and as Vice President and President. He has been the IEA Region 14 UniServ Director since October, 2007. As UD, he works with IEA locals in Unit 5 and Bloomington District 87, supporting our local unions and leaders, assisting with bargaining and enforcing our contracts, providing training and expertise to help us be more effective, and advocating for and representing members.
    Ben Matthews
    IEA UniServ Director