03/25/2013 09:44 EDT | Updated 05/25/2013 05:12 EDT

Mark Ramsankar, New Head Of Alberta Teachers' Association, Vows Good Fight

EDMONTON - An Edmonton teacher has been elected the next president of the Alberta Teachers' Association.

Mark Ramsankar defeated Calgary teacher Jenny Regal in a provincewide mail-in vote.

Ramsankar is currently an ATA vice-president and has taught for more than 20 years with Edmonton Public Schools.

He begins his two-year term on July 1, replacing Carol Henderson.

Ramsankar is vowing to carry on the work of the outgoing president, saying the interests of teachers need to be heard by school boards, the government and the public.

His election comes as teachers and school boards assess and vote on a proposed four-year contract affecting 40,000 teachers.

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