The Aurora Education Association (AEA) is the professional organization for teachers working in the Aurora Public Schools district
AEA represents more than 1500 dedicated educators who work daily to improve the quality of education for Aurora students. AEA advocates for the interests, rights and responsibilities of Aurora teachers. Over 70% of the teachers employed in APS choose to be members of AEA.
AEA is an affiliate of the Colorado Education Association (CEA) and the National Education Association (NEA), and supports the organizational and democratic beliefs of our state and national organizations.
The AEA Officers are teachers elected by the AEA members to represent the goals of the organization and teachers. The AEA President is released full-time from teaching duties to serve the membership and direct the organization.
The AEA Board of Directors are full-time teachers who are elected to serve members across the district. The Board makes all policy decisions for AEA, which are then approved by the Association Representative Council.
The Association Representatives are full-time teachers who are elected by members at their worksites to represent the voice and interests of their members both at the worksite and at the AR Council.
What AEA Does
We are the professional organization for the teachers of Aurora Public Schools and serve as a vehicle for effective communication with education policy makers of the district. We advocate for professional salaries, benefits and continuous improvement of every teachers’ working environment and every students’ learning environment and the continued delivery of quality education.
What We Believe
Why We Are Successful:
We accomplish our goals through honest, frank communication between district leadership, policy makers, the education community and our members and through the democratic process within the AEA. We are a powerful and viable organization because of the strength and integrity of our membership.
Our mission is to empower licensed educators to advocate for students and themselves in order to provide quality education, professional excellence, and economic security.
Our vision is to be an exemplary organization working together as powerful professionals. Through solidarity we are a collaborative and proactive association. We are unified by our strengths and commitment to advocacy for children and empowerment of our members.
We believe every child has the right to a Great Public School where they receive a high quality education from dedicated, highly trained teachers in a safe, caring environment.
We believe the best educational policies and practices are developed when practicing teachers have a significant role in their development.
We believe what teachers know and can do has the greatest influence on student success.
We believe recruiting, preparing and retaining quality teachers is the central strategy for improving our schools.
We believe school reform cannot succeed unless it focuses on creating the conditions in which teachers can teach and students can learn.
We believe investing in quality teaching requires funding schools at a level which will enable success.
We believe education associations should be involved in school reform.
Bruce Wilcox, President
Yolanda Calderon, Vice President
Nicole Ellis, Secretary/Treasurer
Board of Directors
Nate Madson Dion (Arkansas, Iowa, Side Creek, Vassar, Tollgate, Wheeling, Kenton)
Karen Balutowski (Sixth Ave, Lyn Knoll, Peoria, Lansing, Virginia Court, Vaughn, Paris)
Peter Zola (Altura, Elkhart, Park Lane, Sable, Laredo, Jewell, Crawford)
P-8/ K-8 School:
Meghan Petoskey (Boston, Clyde Miller, Frontier, Mosley, Murphy Creek, Quest, Vista Peak Exp.)
Vern Mize (Aurora Hills, Mrachek, Columbia, East)
Ramie Randles (North, South, West)
Brian Hayenga (Rangeview, Gateway, Crossroads, Hinkley)
Dawna Pickett (Century, Dalton, Dartmouth, Yale, Montview, Fulton)
Kimberly Ausman (Pickens, Vista Peak Prep., William Smith, Central)
Schools not assigned a level:
Lisa Favazza (SSPs)
Tommy Shimrock, UniServ Director (UD)
Phil Sorensen, UniServ Director (UD)
Christine Forbes, Program Assistant