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Our Vice President

Marisol Garcia was elected as Vice President of the Arizona Education Association (AEA) in May 2016.
2021 AEA Leadership Team

Marisol is the first woman of color to serve as AEA Vice President and the first Chicana. Marisol is not new to leadership, having served 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. Most of her students are immigrants or children of immigrants who are second language learners living in an underserved community. She works tirelessly to make sure they 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 fifteen-year-old 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.

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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the largest professional association 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.