Welcome to AAE-Utah!
This page is for all Utah educators, members and non-members alike, seeking information about AAE's Utah-based activities and membership. We are pleased to have a full-time Utah-based membership director focused on serving Utah educators.
Please explore the resources on this page for more information. We are confident that after examining AAE's offerings you will want to join and share AAE with your colleagues.
Charity is responsible for recruiting and retaining new members in Utah, establishing AAE roots in the state, connecting with education leaders, and promoting the non-union options among the many stakeholders in Utah.
Charity is passionate about education and has taught English on both middle and high school levels. An accomplished and esteemed educator, Charity has twice been a nominee for the Apple for the Teacher Award, and was a finalist in the Utah Teacher of the Year competition.
From coaching girls basketball to implementing school-wide programs, Charity has always enjoyed taking initiative and providing support to those in need. She is an adamant opponent of forced unionism and believes teachers deserve the authority, as professionals, to choose the support of a professional organization.
During her first year of teaching she taught in a high-need school, where she learned firsthand the trials of teachers across the country. Not long after, Charity emerged with passionate positions and ideas relating to education.
Charity continues to strive to meet the education goals of her community. Prompted by her strong belief in service, she spends her summers planning and executing a summer literacy program in her local neighborhood.
Charity graduated from Weber State University. She resides in Bountiful, Utah with her husband and three children.
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*Important note regarding AAE
AAE is member-driven. We take positions on issues that only our members support or don't support. We are not a top down organization and only follow the direction of our membership. It has nothing to do with politicians. For information about policy positions, please read our 2011 membership survey.
Most recently, AAE's Utah Membership Director testified in support of two bills (SB 67, SB 82) before the Utah Senate Education Committee in February. In supporting equal access for teacher associations, Ms. Smith reiterated AAE's position that teachers across the state should have access to information about all organizations offering association membership and use that information to choose an association that best aligns with their beliefs and budget.
With regard to SB 67, AAE spoke in favor of the value-added model of teacher evaluation, a policy supported in the 2010 membership survey. Based on member feedback, AAE recommends the value-added model as a multi-pronged approach that would include faculty reviews and student test scores among other criteria in evaluating Utah's hardworking educators.
Already, AAE has been invited to participate in education policy roundtables in Utah because we bring the authentic teacher voice to policymakers. AAE expanded our reach to Utah in 2011 and we are seeing a hunger from policymakers and education leaders to hear from real teachers without all of the political baggage that other organizations bring to the table. Already we are making a difference for Utah educators. Teachers, join AAE today and be part of a new voice in education!
Please browse the resources on this page for information on membership. If you like what AAE has to offer, join today!