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

2021 MAD Challenge graphic

What’s the MAD Challenge? It’s AEA’s “Member A Day” challenge to encourage local recruiting efforts! With a goal of one new member per day from March 1 through May 31 in Region B, CEA’s share of that goal is 13 new members by May 31. Can you help us reach that goal? CEA members who recruit new members between now and May 31 will receive a $10 surprise gift card, as well as be entered into drawings for additional prizes … and if CEA recruits more members than other locals in our region, we can receive even more incentives! Our current spring membership incentive also makes it easier to recruit than ever, since members can join now and not start paying dues until the fall (some full membership privileges such as voting rights are not available to those who join under this promotion). Feel free to use this spring membership form for those who are interested in joining during this membership drive!

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)

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!

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.

We’re heartbroken at the news that Chandler High School coach Kerry Croswhite passed way tonight from COVID-19. The entire CEA family sends its love to his wife, Laurie, the rest of his family, and everyone in the CHS Wolves community.

We received more information tonight from our CUSD Governing Board and Governor Ducey on what school reopening may look like (you can also watch tonight’s board meeting to view the discussion around our reopening). This is obviously a fluid, constantly changing situation, but your union has been busy putting together critical information to help us navigate it.

As mentioned earlier, CEA’s survey results have been shared with the Governing Board and with district administration (thanks to those of you who made your voice heard by responding to that survey). With input from members across the state (including some CEA members), AEA has also released their New Vision for Arizona Schools Task Force report, which contains a bold vision of what our schools can and should look like in a post-COVID world. Finally, NEA has released their All Hands on Deck: Initial Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings report, which includes science-based and health-focused guidelines for schools to reopen in a way that meets the needs of students and educators. You can also find many more resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our schools at NEA’s Educating Through Crisis website, as well as AEA’s COVID-19 update page.

We encourage you to read through these resources and discuss them with fellow CEA members (and non-members) at your site. Together, we will work to ensure a safe, quality learning and teaching experience for our community.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our school reopening survey. You can now view a summary of the survey results (these results have been shared with Dr. Casteel this morning).

The CUSD reopening plans will be discussed at tonight’s Governing Board meeting. The study session starts at 4:30pm, followed by the regular meeting at 7:00pm. We encourage everyone in the CUSD community to study the agenda and supporting documents, as well as view the meeting live on YouTube.

We know this is a very difficult time right now, so please reach out to your Site Representative or Executive Board if you need anything. We also hope you’ll consider joining our reopening task force subcommittees to continue the conversation about what school will look like when we reopen.

Black Lives Matter at School - NEA EdJustice

CEA stands in solidarity with students who are part of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities as they call out systems of oppression that directly impact marginalized students. For more information on how CEA is fighting systemic racism and how you can help, please visit our Anti-Racism Action Statement page at chandlerea.org/antiracism.

AEA - I belong

It’s finally here … potential members can now join CEA, AEA, and NEA online! Visit mynea360.org/s/join-now for more details, and review these instructions for assistance. Be sure to spread the word and share this link with those who might want to join.