A native of Wyoming County, Dale Lee is a graduate of Clinch Valley College (Wise, VA) and obtained his special education certification through the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (WV COGS). He is completing his master’s degree through Salem International University.
He has been active in the Mercer County Education Association since he began teaching in 1986, including serving as its president. Lee’s assignment was teaching special education at Princeton Senior High School. He is currently on a leave of absence to serve as WVEA President. As WVEA President, Lee is the leader of the state’s largest education employee organization.
He first assumed the full-time duties of WVEA President on June 15, 2008 and is know serving his fifth three-year term. Lee will serve as WVEA President through June 15, 2026. Lee’s immediate priorities include a salary increase for all school employees to begin to move teacher salaries to the national average. In addition, Lee wants to ensure public education funding remains a priority for our elected leaders at both the state and local level. He also wants to increase the level of respect shown to education employees for the tremendous jobs they do.
Prior to being elected WVEA President, Lee served for three years as Vice President, five years as WVEA Treasurer and was a member of the WVEA Executive Committee for three years. Lee’s wife, Brenda, recently retired from her teaching position in Mercer County. They are the parents of two daughters. Danielle is a teacher in Mercer County. Jessica is a 2008 graduate of Princeton High and a graduate of Concord University. She works in the Princeton area.