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The Association of American Educators & the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools Partner to Serve Teachers

Alexandria, VA – The Association of American Educators (AAE) and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools (UAPCS) are pleased to continue their partnership in support of Utah's charter school teachers. AAE, the premier national, non-union teacher association, will offer teachers and other employees of member schools of UAPCS membership in AAE for a great low price – only $198 per year. This is a great opportunity for charter school teachers who are looking for membership in a pro-charter teacher organization.

chartersticker"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with UAPCS to provide professional membership and benefits to the Utah's dedicated charter school educators," said AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner. "This partnership will enable both organizations to better support professional charter school teachers."

As the leader of a growing professional educator network, AAE believes that the charter school movement is an important component in creating a first-class public school system.

"Whether a teacher works in a traditional, charter, virtual or private school, they need the peace-of-mind of solid protection so that they can focus on educating children," said Beckner. "As an advocate for educators, we firmly believe that no educator should be without professional liability insurance."

AAE's partnership with UAPCS is just is just another way AAE works to serve teachers. Offering unmatched professional benefits at a fraction of the cost, AAE's services and vision for educators continues to resonate with the charter community nationwide.

UAPCS President Royce Van Tassell praises the partnership adding, "our alignment with AAE continues to allow us to expand our offerings as an association. We are pleased to build on our network of resources for Utah's charter schools with this program that offers quality professional benefits to our individual educators."

The Association of American Educators is the largest national, non-union, professional educators' association, offering an alternative to the partisan politics and non-educational agendas of the teacher labor unions. AAE does not endorse, support or contribute to any political cause or candidacy. Serving members in all fifty states, AAE provides member benefits including a $2 million individual liability insurance policy, legal protection, and professional development. AAE welcomes professionals from all education entities.

UAPCS is the largest association of public charter schools in Utah, serving more than 70 schools, hundreds of teachers, and more than 45,000 parents and students. UAPCS provides training, advocacy, support and resources to charter schools across the state. For more information, visit


Meet AAE-Utah's Membership Director

Carolee Baird

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.

AAE Out & About in Utah

AAE is proud to serve Utah charter school educators! We’re regularly visiting schools and partnering on charter movement events across the state. Below Regional Membership Director Charity Smith exhibits at the UAPCS Annual Conference.