Welcome to the Chandler Education Association website. The mission of CEA is:

to be involved in all aspects of the educational process and
an advocate for its members and the issues which affect them

We hope this website can help you stay informed about issues surrounding education, and to be a strong advocate for yourself and your profession.

Announcements

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Our online election for AEA Delegate Assembly and NEA Representative Assembly delegates is now underway. The deadline to cast your ballot is Tuesday, March 9 at 5:00 pm. For full details on how to vote, candidate statements, and more information, visit our election page at chandlerea.org/election.

It’s time for NEA’s Read Across America! We encourage all of our members to visit readacrossamerica.org and check out the great resources that NEA has put together to help them make Read Across America a success in their classroom, including free materials, event ideas, and a promotional toolkit.

Thank you to all of our members who answered our call for nominations, and especially to those members who accepted a nomination for our AEA Delegate Assembly and NEA Representative Assembly. The candidates for these positions are listed below, and our online election will begin on Tuesday, March 2 (an email with more details on how to vote will be sent out at a later date).

AEA Delegate Assembly

Marisol Archie (Basha High School)
Megan Asad (Chandler Online Academy)
Shara Billings (Perry High School)
Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High School)
Jennifer Chastain (Andersen Elementary School)
Shaun Creighton (District Office)
Gary DeGrow (Perry High School)
Maria Hase (Chandler Online Academy)
Laura Helt (Chandler High School)
Diane Lundahl (Hamilton High School)
Carly Mahlmeister (San Marcos Elementary School)
Katie Nash (Chandler High School)
Peg Newendyke (Santan Junior High School)
Karla Palafox (Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School)
Kelly Powers (Casteel High School)
Susan Skousen (Chandler Online Academy)
Cassie Skufca (Basha High School)
April Vallier Schulken (Hamilton High School)
Tricia Wittbrodt (Jacobson Elementary School)
Cathy Zinkhon (Shumway Leadership Academy)

NEA Representative Assembly

Marisol Archie (Basha High School)
Jennifer Chastain (Andersen Elementary School)
Shaun Creighton (District Office)
Maria Hase (Chandler Online Academy)
Katie Nash (Chandler High School)
Karla Palafox (Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School)
Susan Skousen (Chandler Online Academy)
Cathy Zinkhon (Shumway Leadership Academy)

CEA Legislative Issues Forum information

We urge our community to join us for an important virtual event on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:30-7:00pm. The CEA Legislative Priorities will provide you an opportunity to learn about CEA’s priorities for the current legislative session, as well as share your stories with Chandler area legislators. With all of the alarming bills already being considered by the legislature, it’s more important than ever that we all become informed, engaged, and vocal! Please use this link to register for this event.

Arizona Capitol

The legislative session is underway once again! While the 2020 election brought us a legislature that is slightly more friendly to public education, we still need to make our voices heard and keep the pressure on our legislators to keep moving forward toward restoring funding for education … and fight against the numerous bills already written that would harm public education in Arizona.

With the overwhelming amount of bills being considered, it can be tough to keep up, let alone advocate for our students and our profession … and it’s even more challenging during the COVID pandemic. Our Legislative Toolkit can help, giving you information on how to stay informed on what’s happening at the capitol and how you can make an impact on the process (including signing up for the Request to Speak system). Check it out today and become an education advocate!

COVID has changed how we do many things, including advocating to our politicians. As another legislative session brings more of the harmful bills we’ve seen in previous years, it’s still critically important that we lobby on behalf of our members, even with the restrictions that COVID brings. To help our members with this task, AEA will hold two Virtual Lobby Days featuring AEA officers, lobbyist, and invited legislators. These events will provide:

  • an overview and update on key bills
  • an opportunity to learn best practices for voicing your position to legislators
  • breakouts for special topics
  • an opportunity to share your perspective directly with legislators

AEA Virtual Lobby Days will be held from 6:00-7:30pm on the following days:

If you’d like to attend on one (or both!) of the dates above, just click on the date to register.

On January 13, the CUSD Governing Board voted 3-2 to return to in-person instruction for all grades beginning tomorrow. The CEA Executive Board has released a statement regarding why we feel this decision is wrong for our community.

K-12 education employees can now register for the COVID vaccine on the Arizona Department of Health Services website. Just visit podvaccine.azdhs.gov, register for an account, then schedule an appointment to receive your first vaccination (your second vaccination will be scheduled later).

After being named one of five finalists for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, we are so proud to share that nationally board certified Chandler HS Spanish teacher (and CEA member) Sara Wyffels was named the 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year! Congratulations, Sara!

In this role, Sara will travel across the state over the coming year to serve as an ambassador for the teaching profession, as well as travel to the White House (COVID restrictions permitting) to meet the President along with other Teachers of the Year from across the country. You can read more about Sara and this amazing honor at the Arizona Educational Foundation’s website. We are so proud of you, Sara!

Over the summer, CEA formed dozens of task forces that examining the challenges of reopening schools through the lenses of particular educators and students. Huge thanks to all of our members who worked over the summer to create a comprehensive document detailing challenges and recommendations that reflect the voices of our educators. You can now view the combined CEA Reopening Task Force Document online.