Published Online: June 11, 1997

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The National Education Association has named Jack Pacheco as its manager of political affairs.

Mr. Pacheco will be responsible for the NEA's political-advocacy and fund-raising activities. He will also coordinate the activities of the NEA-PAC, the union's political-action committee, and work to increase contact with officeholders and candidates of both major parties.

Mr. Pacheco began working for the NEA as a campaign manager in 1979. Most recently, he was the manager of the union's government-relations field program.

The NEA, based in Washington, represents more than 2.3 million teachers and other school employees.

The Council for Basic Education has appointed Carol F. Stoel as a co-director of its Teacher Education Program.

Ms. Stoel is the former director of a program run by the American Association for Higher Education called Projects Linking Higher Education and Schools.

The CBE's Teacher Education Program seeks to influence changes in teacher preparation that would yield new teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled enough to ensure that their students reach K-12 standards.

The program's other co-director is Diana Wyllie Rigden.

The council is a national, nonprofit organization that is headquartered in Washington.

Twelve-year-old Alex Kerchner prepared for the National Geography Bee by reading the newspaper, playing computer games, and studying atlases. All of his hard work paid off last month.

The 7th grader, who attends Kamiakin Junior High School in Kirkland, Wash., won the bee by identifying Asia's most densely populated country. The answer: Singapore.

Nearly 5 million students participated in various levels of this year's bee. The finals brought 57 state-level winners to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top prize: a $25,000 college scholarship.

Alex also received a lifetime subscription to National Geographic, the magazine that sponsored the contest.

He became interested in geography at the age of 4 and was one of 10 finalists in last year's bee.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES acoles@epe.org

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