The results of our Special Election are in, and since no candidate received a majority of the vote for Vice President, we will be holding a runoff election between the following two candidates:

Michelle Capriotti
Karla Palafox

CEA members can vote online starting Wednesday, May 30 using the following login information:

Username: first initial plus your full last name, including spaces or hyphens, but without commas or apostrophes (e.g., the username for Sarah Howard-Mason would be SHoward-Mason)

Password: last 4 digits of your social security number (as on file with AEA)

The deadline to vote is Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00 pm. You can learn more about the candidates in this election by using the links above. To learn more about the responsibilities of the Executive Board, please visit our Constitution page.

Michelle CapriottiMichelle Capriotti
Casteel High School

My name is Michelle Capriotti, and I am running for the office of CEA Vice President. Educational policy and advocating for the teaching profession is my passion. I have been teaching for sixteen years, and have spent the last nine years in CUSD. My four children have all attended school in CUSD the past 12 years. I helped to open Patterson Elementary where I was a sixth-grade teacher, and I am now working as a special education teacher at Castel High School.

The past three years, I have been working on my master’s degree in educational policy at ASU. During this time, I have been given incredible opportunities to advocate for teachers and education at the state level. I believe this experience working alongside legislatures and teachers from around the state has provided me the chance to build relationships with various stakeholders and provided insight into the inner workings of the legislative process. During the Red for Ed movement, I was an active member of my campus team and spent nearly every hour at the capitol talking with legislatures and other teachers. I firmly believe that what Red for Ed has accomplished is just the beginning. There is still work to be done. Now is our time! We have an audience to educate since so many of the issues facing Arizona teachers and students have been brought to the forefront. As CEA Vice President, I believe my knowledge, relationships with various stakeholders, and passion for improving Arizona education will enhance our current CEA team. I hope I have the opportunity to serve you all in this role.

Karla PalafoxKarla Palafox
Ryan Elementary School

I have been teaching for 21 years, 11 of them in Chandler and as a member of CEA. I have represented my site as Association Representative and as a member of Super Q. I am currently a National Board Certified Candidate, and hope to receive news of certification in December. This year, I have been part of Arizona Hope Street Teacher Fellowship Program in partnership with the AZK12 Center. The fellowship has provided me an opportunity for leadership and professional learning with 27 other educators from the across the state. The fellows and I work together to explore ways to interact with our peers and act ask spokespeople for positive change in our profession. I look forward for the opportunity to work with CEA as Vice President.