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Our President

Marisol Garcia was elected as the first woman of color and Chicana to serve as AEA President on May 7, 2022.

Marisol is not new to leadership, having served as the AEA Vice President and on the AEA Board of Directors, chairing statewide committees, and co-founding the AEA Latino Outreach Cadre. She also currently leads the Arizona Education Association’s Task Force for a New Vision for Arizona Schools, whose mission is to develop a vision for supporting successful public schools post COVID-19.

As a veteran middle-school social studies teacher in the Isaac School District, she is committed to her students and their community. She works tirelessly to make sure her students see their school as their second home – ensuring they are safe, engaged in their learning, and empowered to find their voice in their community. As the former local president of the Isaac District Education Association, she developed the association’s reputation as a strong voice and advocate for students and teachers throughout the community.

Marisol comes from a family of educators; both her parents are accomplished authors and educators who have worked in public education for over 40 years. She is the proud mother of her teenage son, Vicente.

Marisol earned her BA in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego and a teaching credential from San Francisco State University.


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the labor union for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.