Congratulations Member to Member Grant Recipients!

After a record number of applications, our Member to Member grant recipients have been selected. Thanks to everyone who applied and reviewed applications, and congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Maria Aguirre-Acedo (Chandler Online Academy)
  • Alma Alvarado (Carlson Elementary School)
  • Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High School)
  • Rebecca Coplan (Weinberg Gifted Academy)
  • Mary Davis (Sanborn Elementary School)
  • Marisa Delci (Weinberg Gifted Academy)
  • Shelley Dow (Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School)
  • Megan Driving Hawk (Perry High School)
  • Donna Gustafson (Santan Junior High School)
  • Vanessa LaRue (Patterson Elementary School)
  • Katie Mercer (Ryan Elementary School)
  • Peg Newendyke (Santan Junior High School)
  • Janell Ochs (Shumway Elementary School)
  • Jenny Ryskamp (Willis Junior High School)
  • Anne Smith (Andersen Junior High School)
  • Jessica Soyland (CTA – Liberty Campus)
  • Kierstin Yamashita (Weinberg Gifted Academy)

American Education Week – Substitute Educators Day

This is the final day of American Education Week, and it’s our day to specifically honor our substitute educators. We have always appreciated our amazing substitutes, but as it has in so many ways, COVID has made it crystal clear just how important they are to our students and our schools. To all of our substitute educators who have stepped up in such challenging times … thank you!

To show just how much we appreciate our substitute educators, CEA has sent chocolates and thank you notes to each site’s substitutes. Below are some of the responses we received when we let administrative assistants know about this … they agree that our substitutes are fantastic!

American Education Week – ESP Day

Today is Education Support Professional (ESP) Day, which is a great opportunity to thank our amazing ESP staff! From bus drivers to who get thousands of students safely to and from schools, to custodians who keep our schools clean and sanitized, to technicians who help support the use of technology, to so many others in between … it has never been more obvious how important our ESP staff members are to the success of our district. To all of our fantastic ESP staff members: thank you for everything you do!

American Education Week – Family Day

American Education Week continues today with Family Day. So many different family members play a critical role in our students’ education and in the success of our schools. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt/uncle, sibling, cousin, or even just a special adult in the life of a student … thank you for all that you do to help them excel in school!

One of our teachers asked their students to think of a favorite book that their family members have read to them … see the slide show below for some of their responses.

Happy American Education Week!

This week (November 16-20) is American Education Week, and it’s a great time to thank everyone in our education community for everything they do to help our students get the education they deserve. Parents, support staff, substitutes, classsroom educators, certified specialists, administrators … all of us are working harder than ever before to support our students in the most challenging circumstances our schools have faced in recent memory. We salute everyone for their work in making Chandler such a great place to work and learn!

We encourage our Site Representatives to check out these resources from NEA and think about how they can recognize members of their school community during American Education Week. CEA will have more to share this week, but we’d like to kick things off with a short video:

VIP Candidate Accountability Session on Tuesday, October 6

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Our friends at Valley Interfaith Project will be hosting a virtual Candidate Accountability Session on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:30-8:00 pm. This will be your chance to hear from candidates in the following races:

  • Legislative District 17
  • Legislative District 18
  • Maricopa County Community College Governing Board
  • Chandler Unified School District Governing Board

Issues covered in this forum will include:

  • Public Education Funding
  • Justice and Sentencing Reform
  • Immigrant Youth and Higher Education
  • Workforce Development/Job Training
  • COVID-19 Economy

Be sure to register for this event (and receive a Zoom link) at

Prop 208 Phone Banking Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday Evening

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We have a chance to make history in Arizona by passing Proposition 208 and drastically increasing protected and permanent public education funding, but we can’t get complacent this close to the election. To make sure we are doing everything we can to secure this victory, CEA will be joining several other East Valley locals to do virtual phone banking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night from 5:00-7:00pm. These phone banks are easy to do from your own home … you are given a virtual script, and the targeted numbers have already been identified as friendly voters. There will even be “technical support” available for those who need it. Please register for as many Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as you can!

Prop 208 Sign Pick Up this Saturday, Phone Banking Every Wednesday

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CEA will be holding a Prop 208 sign pick up and car painting event this Saturday, September 19 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. This event will be held at the LD17 Democrat campaign office on the northwest corner of Alma School Rd and Frye Rd, and as usual, we’ll be following safe mask-wearing and social distancing protocols. Please register today!

If you can’t make it Saturday, don’t worry … we still have ways for you to get involved! CEA will be joining several other East Valley locals to do virtual phone banking every Wednesday night from 5:00-7:00pm. These phone banks are easy to do from your own home … you are given a virtual script, and the targeted numbers have already been identified as friendly voters. Register for as many nights as you’re able to so we can get out the vote and make history in Arizona!

CEA Voter Toolkit Relaunched for 2020

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This year, it’s more important than ever to not just know who and what you want to vote for, but how to correctly cast your vote during the COVID pandemic. With so much misinformation and confusion, we have relaunched our Voter Toolkit for 2020. This toolkit shares important information on recommended candidates, how to get involved in the campaign, and how to properly cast your vote, including important deadlines for voter registration and early ballot requests. Check it out, and feel free to share the link ( with others!