Former Forest Park High School science teacher Nate Schnellenberger decided to step down as president of the Indiana State Teachers Association.

The 62-year old Jasper resident elected not to run for a third three-year term. He has been replaced by Shelbyville elementary school teacher Teresa Meredith. Meredith was elected to the position on Monday.

Schnellenberger began his tenure as president of the ISTA in 2007. He spent 34 years in education, 30 of those years at Forest Park. During his tenure, he fought unsuccessfully against a raft of education changes, including merit pay and bargaining rights restrictions, which were pushed by former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels and former State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Bennett over the past six years.

Teachers helped to push Bennett out of office last year and elected union member Glenda Ritz to the State Superintendent’s post.