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.
Regional Membership Director
Carolee Baird serves as regional membership director for the Association of American Educators in Utah. A veteran educator, Carolee has been a proud AAE professional member for five years.
Prior to her work in education, Carolee served as a department head and training coordinator for a major home improvement corporation. As part of her position, Carolee trained new and existing associates in sales, profitability, benefits, and company ethics. It is in those roles that Carolee decided to pursue teaching as a career.
Carolee completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Weber State University where she majored in social studies education. Immediately upon graduation she joined Utah Virtual Academy, a virtual public charter school serving students across the state. Carolee is a passionate advocate for educators, public charter schools, and virtual education in Utah. Carolee and husband, Bart, have two children and reside in northern Utah where they enjoy a number of outdoor activities as a family.
Carolee’s favorite teacher is Mrs. Wilson who exuded professionalism and worked tirelessly to make reading a fun and engaging activity.
*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!