UTLA/NEA Vice President
Cecily Myart-Cruz has taught for 17 years, at both elementary and middle school levels, most recently at Angeles Mesa Elementary. She has been recognized for her work in the classroom, including as a UTLA/NEA WHO award winner, and she is trained in the AFT’s Education Research & Dissemination (ER&D) framework.
As a UTLA West Area director for 15 years and an Area chair for nine years, she has worked with schools to oust 15 “bully” principals and collaborated with a network of school-site leaders across the West Area to initiate the boycott of periodic assessments to protest excessive testing, with a 96 percent no-return rate. During the RIF crisis, she led Red Hot Monday actions every week, at which UTLA members pink-slipped LAUSD bureaucrats. During Public School Choice, she worked with leaders from school sites to build several protests, community walks, and community forums that prevented school giveaways. As UTLA Leadership Conference co-chair for nine years, she institutionalized lessons from this organizing into the union.
In CTA, she has served as:
- Civil Rights in Education Committee vice chair.
- Diversity Advisory Panel chair.
- African American Caucus Committee vice chair.
- Strategic Plan Committee member.
- Resolutions Committee member.
In NEA, she has served as:
- NEA Representative Assembly delegate for 17 years.
- NEA Resolutions Committee member.
- Education International delegate.
- Tri-National Conference participant.
- Representative of NEA and public sector workers in England and Japan.
Myart-Cruz is also a member of the AFT and has served on CFT’s Educational Issues Committee.